Research on Alaskan polar bears in 1979 and 1980




In 1979 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continued its program of mark and recapture. From 31 March to 4 May field crews working at Point Barrow, Alaska, captured and marked a total of 15 polar bears (Table I). The small number was due to very poor ice conditions off the coast of Alaska, making tracking and capturing difficult. Four of the bears were recaptures from previous years. In addition, as part of a multi-national program (Canada, U.S., Norway) satellite transmitters were attached to 3 adult female polar bears in the hopes of tracking them to their dens the following winter. However, due to mechanical and operational difficulties, very little information was acquired in the Alaskan sector of the project.

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Research on Alaskan polar bears in 1979 and 1980
ISBN 2-88032-900-0
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher IUCN
Publisher location Cambridge, UK
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Polar bears: Proceedings of the eighth working meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group
First page 119
Last page 124
Conference Title 8th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group
Conference Location Oslo, Norway
Conference Date January 15-19, 1981
Country United States
State Alaska
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