A joint Russian WWF and Marine Mammal Council expedition to Vaigach found two poached polar bears on their first day. One of the animals had been shot only hours before the expedition arrived at the scene. 

An FSB border guard member of the expedition found one bear inside the abandoned building of Fedorov weather station. 

Two hours later during a helicopter ride, expedition members spotted another polar bear, shot just several hours earlier.

A joint Russian WWF and Marine Mammal Council expedition to Vaigach found two poached polar bears on their first day. One of the animals had been shot only hours before the expedition arrived at the scene. 

An FSB border guard member of the expedition found one bear inside the abandoned building of Fedorov weather station. 

Two hours later during a helicopter ride, expedition members spotted another polar bear, shot just several hours earlier.

A series of papers recently published by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History suggests that polar bears in the warming Arctic are turning to alternate food sources. As Arctic sea ice melts earlier and freezes later each year, polar bears have a limited amount of time to hunt their historically preferred prey—ringed seal pups—and must spend more time on land. The new research indicates that at least some polar bears in the western Hudson Bay population are using flexible foraging strategies while on land, such as prey-switching and eating a mixed diet of plants and animals, as they survive in their rapidly changing environment.

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The Arctic Refuge, along with Alaska Maritime Refuge, are the only Refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System that are home to all three species of North American bear (black, brown, and polar).

one of Planet Earth's own works of art. This one symbolizes freedom: freedom to continue, unhindered and forever if we are willing, the particular story of Planet Earth unfolding here." - Lowell Sumner (pioneering NPS biologist)

Several adaptations have allowed polar bears to live in the Arctic, primarily their two thick layers of fur for insulation. With their thick fur, polar bears' metabolic rate and body temperature will not drop even when the temperature drops far below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Polar bears also have tiny ears and small tails that prevent them from losing body heat.

On especially cold and windy days, polar bears will dig shelters in the snow and sleep in tight balls to keep warm. They will also cover their warm muzzles with their hands as another way to keep themselves warm.

There are numerous adaptations that allow polar bears to swim in the frigid cold waters of the Arctic, including their thick layer of blubber. The front paws of a polar bear allow polar bears to swim doggy-paddle in the water, while their back legs are held straight and used as rudders.

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A joint Russian WWF and Marine Mammal Council expedition to Vaigach found two poached polar bears on their first day. One of the animals had been shot only hours before the expedition arrived at the scene. 

An FSB border guard member of the expedition found one bear inside the abandoned building of Fedorov weather station. 

Two hours later during a helicopter ride, expedition members spotted another polar bear, shot just several hours earlier.

A series of papers recently published by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History suggests that polar bears in the warming Arctic are turning to alternate food sources. As Arctic sea ice melts earlier and freezes later each year, polar bears have a limited amount of time to hunt their historically preferred prey—ringed seal pups—and must spend more time on land. The new research indicates that at least some polar bears in the western Hudson Bay population are using flexible foraging strategies while on land, such as prey-switching and eating a mixed diet of plants and animals, as they survive in their rapidly changing environment.

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Maps and Directions

The Arctic Refuge, along with Alaska Maritime Refuge, are the only Refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System that are home to all three species of North American bear (black, brown, and polar).

one of Planet Earth's own works of art. This one symbolizes freedom: freedom to continue, unhindered and forever if we are willing, the particular story of Planet Earth unfolding here." - Lowell Sumner (pioneering NPS biologist)

A joint Russian WWF and Marine Mammal Council expedition to Vaigach found two poached polar bears on their first day. One of the animals had been shot only hours before the expedition arrived at the scene. 

An FSB border guard member of the expedition found one bear inside the abandoned building of Fedorov weather station. 

Two hours later during a helicopter ride, expedition members spotted another polar bear, shot just several hours earlier.

A series of papers recently published by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History suggests that polar bears in the warming Arctic are turning to alternate food sources. As Arctic sea ice melts earlier and freezes later each year, polar bears have a limited amount of time to hunt their historically preferred prey—ringed seal pups—and must spend more time on land. The new research indicates that at least some polar bears in the western Hudson Bay population are using flexible foraging strategies while on land, such as prey-switching and eating a mixed diet of plants and animals, as they survive in their rapidly changing environment.

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Maps and Directions

A joint Russian WWF and Marine Mammal Council expedition to Vaigach found two poached polar bears on their first day. One of the animals had been shot only hours before the expedition arrived at the scene. 

An FSB border guard member of the expedition found one bear inside the abandoned building of Fedorov weather station. 

Two hours later during a helicopter ride, expedition members spotted another polar bear, shot just several hours earlier.

A series of papers recently published by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History suggests that polar bears in the warming Arctic are turning to alternate food sources. As Arctic sea ice melts earlier and freezes later each year, polar bears have a limited amount of time to hunt their historically preferred prey—ringed seal pups—and must spend more time on land. The new research indicates that at least some polar bears in the western Hudson Bay population are using flexible foraging strategies while on land, such as prey-switching and eating a mixed diet of plants and animals, as they survive in their rapidly changing environment.

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Maps and Directions

The Arctic Refuge, along with Alaska Maritime Refuge, are the only Refuges within the National Wildlife Refuge System that are home to all three species of North American bear (black, brown, and polar).

one of Planet Earth's own works of art. This one symbolizes freedom: freedom to continue, unhindered and forever if we are willing, the particular story of Planet Earth unfolding here." - Lowell Sumner (pioneering NPS biologist)

Several adaptations have allowed polar bears to live in the Arctic, primarily their two thick layers of fur for insulation. With their thick fur, polar bears' metabolic rate and body temperature will not drop even when the temperature drops far below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Polar bears also have tiny ears and small tails that prevent them from losing body heat.

On especially cold and windy days, polar bears will dig shelters in the snow and sleep in tight balls to keep warm. They will also cover their warm muzzles with their hands as another way to keep themselves warm.

There are numerous adaptations that allow polar bears to swim in the frigid cold waters of the Arctic, including their thick layer of blubber. The front paws of a polar bear allow polar bears to swim doggy-paddle in the water, while their back legs are held straight and used as rudders.

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