Polar bear migration is part of an age-old pattern, climate change has caused sea ice to melt earlier each summer and to freeze later, shortening the hunting season for these bears and straining the limit of their fat reserves. As a result, their numbers have dropped by 22% over the past 30 years. The trend is expected to occur in other populations in the foreseeable future unless climate warming is stopped or reversed.
As the ice melts, some wonder if polar bears could readapt permanently to land. And even if they could, it couldn't happen fast enough. "They can't undo hundreds of thousands of years of evolution in 50 or 100 years."
They give birth and hunt on sea ice and they need it to travel from one region to another. Survival of mothers and cubs in the spring depends on the mothers’ hunting success, which, in turn, depends on the stability and extent of sea ice. Less winter sea ice means that female polar bears have to go longer without food, which impacts their fat stores, and, in turn, their reproductive success.
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30" x 60"
oil on canvas
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