Polar bears have adapted to the heat and are heading East28.11.2019
Scientists are raising the alarm, because of the Arctic ice meltin. They say that animals that are used to living and hunting in the ice may disappear. The polar bear population has been declining for many years. But in the summer of this year in Chukotka scientists talked about increasing the population of polar bears. In the waters of the Chukchi sea, according to scientists, there are about 3000 polar bears. And on November 21, the Russian-American Commission on the polar bear participants left the same quota for the production of polar bears by the indigenous peoples of Alaska and Chukotka – 85 polar bears. Of these females should not be more than a third.
In Russia, the hunting on polar bears is prohibited and the entire quota for the hunting on polar bears will be used by residents of Alaska. More than 20 polar bears have been killed in Alaska in 11 months of 2019.
Polar bears are listed in the Red Book and are considered an endangered species. However, in the summer of this year, for the first time in 8 years, observations of the Chukchi-Alaskan polar bear population were announced. In the village of Egvekinot in Chukotka, the international working group of the Russian-American polar bear Commission recognized: «currently, there is a noticeable increase in the number of polar bears in the Chukchi sea. The approximate number of marine predators groups, according to experts, is now estimated at three thousand individuals.»
Despite a marked reduction in the drifting ice area and stay time off the coast of Chukotka due to warming in the Arctic, polar bears, apparently, were able to adapt and their population is not declining, but growing. Leading researcher of the National Park «Beringia» Anatoly Kochnev noted that according to the results of studies of American colleagues, the Chukchi-Alaskan polar bear population is in better condition than the neighboring Canadian. In addition, bears living on Russian territory are beginning to develop new waters in the Eastern direction.