Polar bears occur throughout the northern polar region. In the winter, polar bears in Alaska are found as far south as St. Lawrence Island and occasionally move down to St. In the summer, bears are most abundant around the edge of the pack ice in the Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean.
Polar bears are most abundant near coastlines and toward the southern edge of the ice pack in polar regions. In Alaska , they can be found in the Far North and Western Arctic areas , usually on the frozen sea, but sometimes on land near towns like Barrow and Kotzebue.
JUNEAU , Alaska (AP) — A tiny Alaska Native village has experienced a boom in tourism in recent years as polar bears spend more time on land than on diminishing Arctic sea ice. Polar bears have always been a common sight on sea ice near Kaktovik, but residents started noticing a change in the mid-1990s.
31,000 polar bears
Bears . Polar bears , particularly young and undernourished ones will hunt people for food. Truly man – eating bear attacks are uncommon, but are known to occur when the animals are diseased or natural prey is scarce, often leading them to attack and eat anything they are able to kill.
Polar bear attacks on humans are extremely rare, and according to records by James Wilder, out of 73 fatal bear attacks between 1870 and 2014, only 20 have been the result of polar bears . Polar bear attacks can also happen in captivity.
Brown bears (Ursus arctos), also known as grizzlies , occur throughout Alaska except on islands south of Frederick Sound in southeast Alaska , west of Unimak in the Aleutian Chain, and Bering Sea islands.
Alaska is famous for its complete absence of snakes , something most people – especially people from venomous snake country – fully appreciate. There are no lizards, freshwater turtles, or snakes in Alaska . The only reptiles in Alaska are rare sightings of sea turtles.
Some of the most incredible bear viewing in Alaska is near Anchorage. Iconic spots like Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park , Lake Clark National Park , Redoubt Bay and McNeil River are all a short float plane flight from the city, and many air services can get you there for a day of unrivaled access.
Admittedly, Alaska grizzlies are more dangerous than black bears . Many grizzly attacks occur without warning, and possibly that is one reason for the unreasonable fear of bears in the Alaskan Bush. However, you can rest assured that the odds of a bear attack are miniscule in the Bush.
Polar bears are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with climate change a key factor in their decline. Studies show that declining sea ice is likely to decrease polar bear numbers, perhaps substantially.
Vulnerable (Population decreasing)
Global polar bear numbers are projected to decline by 30% by 2050.