Polar bears number stabilizes in Arctic

Polar bears number stabilizes in Arctic

September 10, 2020

Experts say there are 1 600 - 2 200 individuals on Taimyr and the Arctic islands.

The number of polar bears in the Central Arctic has reached a stable level. Scientists don’t expect it to rise or fall. This was reported by TASS with reference to the director of the Central Siberian Nature Reserve Pavel Kochkarev.

“The bear is in such a fairly stable state. Females bring one at a time, less often two, and rarely three cubs”, said Kochkarev.

Females bring one or two cubs at a time

The scientists made such conclusions when studying the population of these animals in the Central Arctic – this is the northern coast of the Krasnoyarsk region, the eastern part of the Kara sea and the western part of the Laptev sea. Meetings with these predators at polar stations and icebreakers were also taken into account.

According to Pavel Kochkarev, after processing the research materials, the scientists will give a more accurate estimate of the bears number in this sector of the Arctic.

Recall that polar bears are listed in the International Red Book and the Red Book of Russia. Now experts count from 22 to 31 thousand of these animals all over the world.

Earlier scientists expressed concern that the melting ice in the Arctic could make polar bears disappear by the end of the century.

Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: open sources

September 10, 2020

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