This article is about Polar Bears of the Arctic Circle.
|Polar bears live in and around the arctic circle. They roam around the arctic seas and the ice around it. They are carnivorous. They hunt for seal and feed on it. They weigh from 350-700 kgs. The climate in the arctic is cold and severe. Their large fur coat protects them and provides warmth. They depend on sea ice and are seen as marine mammals. Polar bear populations are on the decline and they are a vulnerable species. Large scale hunting has contributed to their decreasing numbers. There have been accounts of polar bears attacking and devouring people. They are known to be aggressive. Changing conditions of the sea ice are forcing polar bears to spend more time on land. This also makes their conflict with humans more. Polar bears are attracted to garbage, meat holds, and towards reared animals in human settlements. They are known to rummage through such piles of garbage for food. Researchers are maintaining databases of polar bear attacks and documenting them. This helps them to track them and study their behaviour. There an estimated 25,000-31,000 polar bears worldwide. Polar bears are expert swimmers and can dive in the sea ice to hunt for seals.|