Tableaux and other Sculptures
Remains of the last remaining Polar Bear
In just 20 years the ice-free periods have increased substantially, cutting short polar bears’ seal hunting seasons. The ice is freezing later too, but it is the earlier spring ice melt that is especially difficult for the bears. They have a narrower timeframe in which to hunt during the critical season when seal pups are born. As a result, average bear weight has dropped by 15 percent, causing reproduction rates to decline. Populations are considerably down.