Extra ice time fattens up polar bears
Cooler weather this summer gave two more weeks to feed,
resulting in healthier animals
By Aldo Santin, Winnipeg Free Press
19 Aug 09 - "Too many cool, wet days resulted in a lousy summer -- but
you won't find any polar bears complaining. The cooler-than-usual summer
produced thicker ice on Hudson Bay, giving the area's polar bear
population several extra days to feed on tasty ringed seals.
"This is the time of year when polar bears eat the most, and the ringed
seals are so full of fat and energy," said Daryll Hedman, the northeast
regional wildlife manager for Manitoba Conservation.
"Hedman said polar bears stay on the Hudson Bay ice for as long as
possible so they can feed, adding this year the ice was so thick that
the bears stayed out for an extra two weeks.
"That's resulted in fatter, healthier bears this summer, Hedman said,
adding the development is not likely a long-term trend."
How does Santin know this "is not likely a long-term
And why didn't we read about this "cooler-than-usual
Luckily, someone sent me a copy from the Edmonton
I can't even find the article in the Winnipeg Free
it originally appeared. I'm guessing that someone
Thanks to Wil Smyth for this info