Grim news about polar bears struggling to survive in a changing world isn't new, but one small light flickers against the dark: there's a healthy population of the big bears living along the shore and islands of the Chukchi Sea. The Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia hosts a group of about 3,000 polar bears, according to the first formal study of the bear subpopulation there. There are 19 recognized polar bear subpopulations, but it's difficult to track the size of the groups due to their roaming lifestyle and remote locations. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, which maintains the Red List of Threatened Species, reports there are an estimated 26,000 to 31,000 polar bears in total, so the Chukchi Sea group's size puts it at the high end for the known subpopulation numbers.The Chukchi Sea animals have healthy amounts of body fat and a good survival rate for cubs. A study from early 2018 tracked nine bears in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska and … [Read more...] about Polar bears, threatened by climate change, have one safe haven
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Dan Joling, Associated Press Updated 2:21 pm CDT, Friday, August 3, 2018 Photo: Brian Battaile, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. The commission that manages the polar bear population shared by the United States and Russia has increased the quota of bears that can be harvested by subsistence hunters. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File) less FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photo released by the U.S. Geological Survey, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. The commission that manages the polar bear population ... more Photo: Brian Battaile, AP Quota raised for subsistence hunting of Chukchi polar bears 1 / 1 … [Read more...] about Quota raised for subsistence hunting of Chukchi polar bears
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page David Scharfenberg Globe Staff July 13, 2018 Gus, a polar bear at the Central Park Zoo, swam ceaselessly. He’d dive into his pool, slither across the bottom, surge to the surface, and backstroke to the other side. Then, he’d tuck his head into the water and do it again. And again. And again. Twelve hours a day. Every day. Gus was New York’s woolliest neurotic. And when the tabloids got hold of his story in the mid-1990s, it took off. David Letterman cracked wise. The rock band The Tragically Hip asked, “What’s Troubling Gus?” And the $25,000 the zoo spent on an animal behaviorist became a national punchline.But a couple of decades later, the joke has lost a bit of its zing. Gus’s compulsive behavior, a growing pile of research suggests, is distressingly common among captive animals. The gorillas behind the glass are plucking … [Read more...] about Did humans drive this polar bear insane?
Tragic photos taken on a remote Arctic island show two young polar bear cubs playing with and chewing on a large sheet of black plastic as their mother looks away. The siblings were spotted on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about 600 miles away from the North Pole, by the Sail Against Plastic team, according to the Independent.Claire Wallerstein, who recently completed the expedition to the Arctic Circle with a group of 15 Cornish scientists, artists, filmmakers and campaigners, said the trip was an incredible experience but also served as a harsh wakeup call."We were very lucky to be invited to take part in this unique expedition, and had an amazing time seeing Arctic wildlife, stunning glaciers and experiencing 24-hour sunlight," she said. "However, it was also a very sobering experience to see just how much plastic is making its way to this incredibly remote and apparently pristine environment."See the images: 2 PHOTOS Photo shows baby polar bears … [Read more...] about Sobering photos show baby polar bears playing with plastic on Arctic island
Inuka peering at guests at his 26th birthday celebration in 2016. Lianhe Zaobao The only polar bear to have been born in the tropics could be put to sleep as early as the end of April, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said on Thursday (Apr 12). Born at the Singapore Zoo to the zoo’s first polar bears Nanook and Sheba, Inuka turned 27 in December last year. According to WRS, Inuka would be “well into his 70s” in human years, and has surpassed the 25-year average lifespan of polar bears under human care. Polar bears in the wild have a life expectancy of between 15-18 years. WRS said in a statement that a health examination on Apr 3 revealed that the polar bear’s health “is declining markedly”. A 2013 health examination being carried out by veterinarians from the Singapore Zoo when Inuka was 22 years old. Wildlife Reserves Singapore Although he is closely monitored by vets and keepers, old age has meant that Inuka’s activity levels are … [Read more...] about The only Singapore-born polar bear is now in ‘declining health’ – here’s a look back at how Inuka captured hearts