ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A population study of polar bears in Chukchi (chuk-chee) The sea between Alaska and Russia states that the population is flourishing for now, despite the loss of sea ice due to climate change.
Headwriter Eric Regehr (rehg-EER) at the University of Washington says that the study estimates nearly 3000 Chukchi bears.
He says that they can be buffered from any effects of ice loss that have stressed bears elsewhere around the world.
Research from the US Geological Survey as previously stated Chukchi polar bears have nearly 30 fewer days to chase on ice.
Regehr says that polar bears can build fat reserves and Chukchi's rich seal population can allow bears to compensate for the loss of hunting time.
The United States listed polar bears that threatened 2008.