Polar bears are only found in the Arctic regions of
The bear has 3 hunting methods: the most common is 'still hunting', this is smelling the seal's breathing hole and remaining in silence near the hole; once the seal exhales, the bear smells it and drags the seal up from the hole. The second is stalking seals resting, here the bear crouches 91 metres away, if the seal is still unaware, the bear creeps closer until it is around 9-12 metres away and suddenly rushes forward to attack it. The third method is raiding birth lairs that female seals create in the snow. These species of bears are cautious and rarely attack humans unless provoked or very hungry.
Reasons for endangerment
Due to rising temperatures, the Arctic ice has started to melt at a disastrous rate. Polar bears are found to swim out into open seas to just find food. These journeys put them under threat from exhaustion, hypothermia or being swamped by waves. The drownings are having a huge effect on the numbers of polar bears; their numbers have dropped by 22% since the 1980ís; and there are now only 20,000-25,000 left in the world.
Article by RHN.