Polar Bears

An endangered species

Habitat

The polar bear is often regarded as a marine animal because it spends many months of the year at sea. Its preferred habitat is the annual sea ice covering the waters over the polar region of the Arctic.

Hunting and Diet

The polar bear is the most carnivorous member of the bear family, and most of its diet consists of ringed and the bearded seal.The Arctic is home to millions of seals, which become prey when they surface in holes in the ice in order to breathe, or when they haul out on the ice to rest. Polar bears hunt primarily at the interface between ice, water, and air; they only rarely catch seals on land or in open water.

Behaviour

Unlike grizzly bears, polar bears are not territorial. Although stereotyped as being voraciously aggressive, they are normally cautious in confrontations, and often choose to escape rather than fight. Satiated polar bears rarely attack humans unless severely provoked, whereas hungry polar bears are extremely unpredictable and are known to kill and sometimes eat humans. Polar bears are stealth hunters, and the victim is often unaware of the bear's presence until the attack is underway
Polar Bear Social Behavior

Polar bear a threatened species

World conversation Union reports that the global population of polar bears is 20,000 to 25,000, and is declining. In 2006 the polar bear from a species was upgraded to least concern to a vulnerable species.