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Old 08-13-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Saw this video on the news and wondered if anything like this has happened in Alaska?

YouTube - Explorer Attacked By Polar Bear
Seems to me like the bear was very skinny for end of summer.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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Yep, especially if food is kept in the tent!
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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"Food" inside a tent is very significant with Black bears and Brown bears, but has little significance with Polar bears... a polar bear doesn't much care about your ham sandwich, but considers you to be somewhat interesting! Which is to say, if you are in the tent, there is "food" in the tent as far as the polar bear is concerned.

In most places a polar bear that is not on the icepack in the summer time means the bear will not be finding anything to eat. Hence in August it is very likely that bear has not eaten for two or even three months. From what I could see in the video it looked to be in pretty good shape, but it is very difficult to make such a determination from a video. But if the bear hasn't eaten for awhile (their metabalism goes into a semi-hibernation mode, and can go more than six months without food if they are in good shape to begin with) it would certainly have been attracted to any animal it could catch.

Polar bear attacks on humans are relatively rare, in Alaska or anywhere else. There are fewer humans getting close to them, and those that do are almost always aware that (unlike the unpredictable nature of Black and Brown bears) polar bears will almost always go after humans unless they do something to scare the bear. Noise is the usual way to scare them off, so snowmachines, 4-wheelers, and trucks, if they are running or have a horn to blast, are good prevention. Otherwise dogs, firecrackers, and shotguns work well too.

Sitting quietly in a tent smelling like an odd meat pie is asking to get a visit by a curious polar bear!
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Old 08-14-2010, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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"Food" inside a tent is very significant with Black bears and Brown bears, but has little significance with Polar bears... a polar bear doesn't much care about your ham sandwich, but considers you to be somewhat interesting! Which is to say, if you are in the tent, there is "food" in the tent as far as the polar bear is concerned.
Ok thanks.
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