The chukchi sea polar bear subpopulation appears to be stable and abundant, although nearby populations show signs of stress due…
The chukchi sea polar bear subpopulation appears to be stable and abundant, although nearby populations show signs of stress due to loss of sea ice.
This conclusion came as a result of the first formal number of the region’s animals as part of a study by both the University of Washington and several federal partners. Their results were published in the November 14 issue of Scientific Reports.
Researchers found that there are about 3000 bears in the Chukchi group, which would put it in a healthy range. They established their behalf by tracing and labeling animals north of the Seward Peninsula.
It is just one of the subpopulations of Alaskan Arctic, while another is the bear in the northeast.
Other studies have shown that Beaufort bears may not be able to cope with a loss of sea ice and thus a diminishing field of hunting opportunities every winter.
Traditional organic knowledge from local hunters was also incorporated into the study to strengthen the results, a press release from Science Daily noted on November 1