Scientists have obtained new data on the number of polar bears in Chukotka and Alaska

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The meeting of the Russian-American Commission on polar bear in Chukotka presented new data on the number of the Alaska-Chukotka population of the predator, according to which it grows and already makes 3 thousand individuals, according to the national Park «Beringia».

The meeting takes place in the framework of the Agreement between the governments of Russia and the United States for the conservation of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population. The meeting considered the issues of population ecology of polar bears, new research methods and preliminary results for the census of the population of animals in the waters of the Chukchi sea. The national Park «Beringia» the meeting is a leading researcher Anatoly Kochnev.

«According to Anatoly Kochnev, for the first time in eight years at the meeting of the working group presented new data on the number and status of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population. New information was obtained mainly through aircraft surveys and satellite tagging of animals. As noted Kochnev, currently in the waters of the Chukchi sea there has been a marked increase in the number of polar bears. The approximate number of groups of sea predator, according to experts, is currently estimated at 3 thousand individuals,» the statement reads.

Thus, despite the marked reduction in the area of drifting ice in the Chukchi sea, an increase in polar bear populations.

«Apparently, polar bears somehow manage to adapt to such difficult ice conditions … the results of research with American colleagues, the Chukchi-Alaskan population of polar bears is in better condition than neighbouring canadian» — said Kochnev.

Also, scientists at the meeting noted that the bears are starting to explore new waters in the Eastern direction.

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