Polar bear encounters with humans more likely with melting sea ice

01/11/2010 | LiveScience.com

A 27-year study of polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea found that the animals are shifting their habitat from sea ice to land and water as a consequence of the continuous melting of Arctic sea ice. Researchers said the results have implications both on the bears and on humans, since this could lead to more encounters between people and the animals on land. The study also underscores the need for programs focused on managing bear-human interactions.

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