Bear Information

A \boot print next to a polar bear paw provides some perspective. Photo: Pat SmithBears – polar, black, and brown (including grizzly) – inhabit much of the Arctic and present a serious concern to research groups.

Once confined to coastal areas of northern Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia, polar bears have been spotted in more southerly latitudes in recent years, perhaps as a result of the destruction of sea-ice, an important habitat for these bears. Similarly, with warming in the Arctic, black and brown bears seem to be ranging farther North.

To prepare for work in remote areas populated by bears, download and review these documents produced by CPS:

Request the password from the Field Safety Manager to access two highly watchable and useful videos on the PFS Vimeo site:

Additional bear risk management resources:

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