All About Polar Bears in NL


Polar bears found usually found along the coast of Labrador. They are most often found on sea ice, visiting land for only short periods; however, they may be forced onto land for several or more months when sea ice is unavailable.

Sometimes they will visit Newfoundland on spring ice, but will move north again.

In Inuit culture and mythology, the polar bear holds special significance.

Exact numbers of polar bears that inhabit the Labrador coastline are unknown but may number in the hundreds.

Polar bear populations face a variety of threats including overharvesting, contaminants, habitat disturbance, mortality associated with incidental human contact, and the effects of climate change. Polar bears are known to primarily feed on seals.


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