Expert Q & A - What Scientists Say

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Could floating platforms be used to save the polar bear from ice losses?
"Giving polar bears a place to rest doesn't solve their main problem. . ." more...

Do recent studies on the polar bear's evolution alter the risks polar bears face as the world warms?
"A 2012 DNA study of polar bears and brown bears pushed back the polar bear's origin to about five million years ago. Most recently, genetics researchers have returned this split to less than 600,000 years ..." more ...

Are the recent sightings of polar bear-grizzly hybrids in Canada due to climate change? Will this help save polar bears?
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The confirmation that a few animals shot by polar bear hunters in northwestern Canada were actually grizzly/polar bear hybrids ..." more ...

Why is polar bear hunting allowed?
"The Native people of the north have long hunted polar bears. Polar bear hunting plays a central role in long-held traditions ..." more...

How often do polar bears attack? What's the best way to avoid or survive an encounter?
"The likelihood of being attacked by a polar bear is very rare. There are only one to three instances a year, worldwide...." more... 

What is PBI’s position on polar bears in zoos? Don't polar bears have trouble adjusting to life in zoos and aquariums?
"Our goal at PBI is to save polar bears and their sea ice habitat—and modern zoos and aquariums can play a critical role in their conservation." more ...

Can't polar bears simply move north where the ice isn't melting? If not, why?
"As the world continues to warm, all of the sea ice eventually will be gone ..." more...

With the sea ice shrinking and polar bears having a harder time hunting seals, could they eat goose eggs instead?
"Polar bears in Western Hudson Bay have been forced ashore for increasing lengths of time ..." more ...

How did polar bears survive earlier warming trends?
"Today's projected climate warming is far more intense than anything the species has seen in its evolutionary history.more...

Can we save polar bears by moving them to Antarctica?
"Although it may seem an obvious solution, the risks outweigh the benefits." more...

Could polar bears learn to hunt like grizzlies?
"Climate change is by far the biggest threat to polar bears and finding viable conservation measures is important." more...

Why all the fuss about polar bears? Aren't their populations booming?
"I should begin my response by saying I don't know any source for the claim that polar bears are not threatened but, in fact, are booming." more...

Can you tell me all about satellite collars and why scientists use them?
"We can get a good overview of the population's ecology by following just a few animals intensively." more...

Why does PBI work with Canada Goose, a company that uses fur on its parkas?
We're happy to address this issue and provide a wider environmental context. more ...