Bears – 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 this document 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:
- Safety in Bear Country, by Dr. Tom Smith. A video prepared for National Outdoor Leadership School faculty members’ professional development.
- For information on living with bears, visit The Bear Smart Society website: http://www.bearsmart.com/.
- Alaska Dispatch article on effectiveness guns vs. bear spray.
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