Hans S. Dommasch - Canada North of 60 University of Saskatchewan

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Detail of Slide #108

108.

Polar bears are creatures of habit and females with their young return to feed in areas where they have hunted before. Does the ice bear have to fear predators? Man is the bear's primary predator. Sometimes wolves also prey on them. It has been reported that wolves have learned how to kill polar bear cubs when they are on their way to the sea ice. Tracks in the snow show that some wolves attack and distract the mother while another would snatch a cub and escape with it. Generally, however, the distribution of wolves and polar bears does not overlap very much.

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