The Arctic’s dominant predator, the polar bear, has traditionally relied on ice sheets to hunt for seals, its favorite food. But as environmental factors have changed, necessity has spawned invention and adaptation. 

 

Life isn’t always easy

Warming ocean temperatures and cyclical variations in ice floes have led to shorter and less expansive freezes which, in turn, have made it harder for polar bears to hunt.

Recently, researchers in Norway witnessed polar bears not only hunting dolphins – a food source bears had rarely considered – but burying leftovers in the snow, a behavior only typically practiced by other bear species. And earlier this winter, Canadian scientists spotted bears stealing goose eggs to supplement an increasingly spartan diet.

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