Polar Bears vs. Global Warming: How Are Bears Faring?
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Warmer weather in the north that encourages more oil development in polar bear habitat
Less snow so polar bears' camouflage is less effective
CORRECT! - Loss of sea ice habitat, which makes it harder for bears to find enough food. Polar bears must hunt from sea ice for their food, primarily seals. As the ice disappears, bears are unable to hunt for the seals on which they depend.
Fewer cubs are born or survive to become adults
Many adults are increasingly skinny
Bears are forced to swim longer and longer to find ice, from which to hunt for food
CORRECT! - All of the above In a recent trip to the Hudson Bay,
National Wildlife Federation staff investigated reports of skinnier-than-normal polar bears. Sadly, there is already filmed footage of cubs dying of starvation.