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Polar bears like rein­de­er

Recen­ty, a sur­pri­sing obser­va­ti­on has been made in Wij­defjord (cen­tral Spits­ber­gen), when a polar bear kil­led a rein­de­er – so far, it has lar­ge­ly been assu­med that polar bears eat dead or inju­red rein­de­er, but don’t hunt ani­mals that are in good shape. This rai­ses the ques­ti­on if the obser­ved beha­viour is real­ly as rare as assu­med (alt­hough this was not the very first obser­va­ti­on of its kind) or if it is more com­mon.

Should it turn out that polar bears are actual­ly able to catch rein­de­er, then this might be an advan­ta­ge for the bears in case their main habi­tat, the drift ice, con­ti­nues to shrink due to cli­ma­te chan­ge.

Polar bear on land: pre­fers rein­de­er over stones.

Polar bears like reindeer

Source: Tom­my San­dal (Austfjordnes/Wijdefjord), publis­hed in Sval­bard­pos­ten

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