‘Disappearing Arctic ice threatens polar bears’

A committee of wildlife experts warned on Monday that Canada’s largest land predator, the polar bear, was at risk of disappearing from its vast Arctic landscape as melting Arctic sea ice makes hunting prey a challenge. “It is clear we will need to keep a close eye on this species,” Graham Forbes, co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) said in a statement. “Significant change is coming to its entire range.” He explained that the bears use sea ice and the “same sit-and-wait techniques familiar to ice fishers” to hunt seals for food. Predictions of longer ice-free Arctic summers will make hunting “much more difficult” for polar bears, he said. Inuit, however, are cautiously optimistic the bears will adapt. In its latest assessment, COSEWIC incorporated both science and Inuit knowledge.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/disappearing-arctic-ice-threatens-polar-bears/article25667826.ece

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