Sur­vey finds two High Arc­tic po­lar bear pop­u­la­tions sta­ble

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

Po­lar bears in two High Arc­tic pop­u­la­tions seem to be do­ing bet­ter than sci­en­tists feared. The first ma­jor study of the Baf­fin Bay and Kane Basin pop­u­la­tions in about 20 years have found more bears than ex­pected.

There are an es­ti­mated 3,300 bears in the two re­gions, sig­nif­i­cantly more than pop­u­la­tion mod­els pre­dicted.

But the study also found bears in the Baf­fin Bay area to be in poorer shape than they used to be.

As sea ice de­clines, those bears spend about a month more on land than they used to, lim­it­ing their abil­ity to hunt their favourite diet of fat-rich seals.

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