Meet the polar bears of Svalbard
Collaring allows us to receive regular updates about how the polar bears behave in their Arctic environment and how they may be affected by climate change. Polar bears don’t hibernate during the winter months, but pregnant female bears dig dens in the snow to rest and give birth to cubs, usually in December. In March or April females and their cubs typically come out of their dens.
Tracking polar bears helps us to understand the impact that climate change and other threats are having on different polar bear populations. When fitting a bear with a collar, we obtain also important information about its health. Only female polar bears can be tracked using radio collars as male polar bears have necks that are thicker than their head, so the collars simply fall off. We’ll be collaring some new females this Spring, to continue this vital learning.