80 Polar Bears Invade Town as Ice Melts

Kaktovic's annual whale hunt draws number


Whale remains left by the Arctic Alaskan town of Kaktovic after the annual hunt drew record numbers of polar bears to the small community last month. Researchers who use the town to monitor bear populations counted 80 bears in a single day, besting the previous record of 65, set in 2004. The sharp increase has been attributed in large part to the record retreat of Arctic sea ice, which reached an all-time low in August. The bears, who traditionally rely on fat reserves during the summer months, are being stretched to their limits by the increased period between the melting of the ice and its return.

Via Alaska Dispatch