27 Feb '18, 6pm

One Arctic town's very busy polar bear patrol

The hard work of the polar bear patrol Throughout the Arctic, conflicts between polar bears and humans have risen as summer sea ice shrinks due to climate change. In some areas, bears are now forced to stay on land for longer periods than before. In their search for food, they are often attracted to nearby villages. In Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, the problem is particularly severe as a deluge of bears created life-threatening situations for both bears and the villagers. In 2007, nine polar bear conflicts were registered in all of Greenland. By 2017, there were 21 conflicts between August and December in Ittoqqortoormiit alone. In almost all of the 21 cases, the local polar bear patrol was called to ensure that the bears were scared away from the community and kept under observation. WWF provided support for the community to establish a polar bear patrol in 2015 to protect...

Full article: https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/one-arctic-town-s-v...

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