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Are You Polar Bear Aware?

Updated on September 23, 2014

Are YOU Polar Bear Aware?

Are YOU Polar Bear Aware?
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Discover your polar bear awareness quotient here!

Polar bears, considered the largest bears in the world are being affected by habitat loss, destruction and degradation of ecosystems, pollution, over-exploitation and climate change. These factors are among the powerful and persistent impacts on polar bear populations and health. The purpose of this site is to raise money to help save Polar Bears from extinction while helping more people become Polar Bear Aware.

You'll find where polar bears live; how to reproduce; what they eat; how big their paws are; and other interesting facts. You'll see great photos; links to endangered species organizations; lists of great books; links to sites about cute KNUT, Hudson, Flocke and Wilhelma. In one section, my good friend David Booth of Cabin Fever Art, shares one of his wonderful Polar Bear Cartoons (changes often).

Now, off you go. Relax and enjoy the journey but do take it all in. There will be a test -- I kid you not -- about halfway through you'll find my "Polar Bear Aware-ness Test". Take it if you dare and find out just how Polar Bear Aware you are!

The royalties from this site are donated 50% to Polar Bears International and 50% to FIV Cat Rescue.

Photo: Copyright 2007-2013 Frankie Kangas

Polar Bear Scientific Classification

Classification of Polar Bears

Domain: Eukarya

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Ursidae

Genus: Ursus

Species: U. maritimus

Binomial name

Ursus maritimus

Phipps

From Wikipedia

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Polar Bears Listed As 'Threatened' Species

The U.S. government lists Polar Bears as Threatened under Endangered Species Act. (May 14, 2008)

For U.S. Dept. of Interior's complete press release, click Decision to Protect Polar Bears under Endangered Species Act.

Attention: First Time Readers

The Go-To Place for Polar Bears

I created this site to be the GO-TO place on all things polar bear. Here you'll find loads of interesting photos and facts which might be just what you're looking for. For those of you who want more, you'll find many relevant links to more in-depth info.

As sections become overly large, I split them off into their own sites and have links to get to them. For example, Goodbye Knut - A Tribute, Polar Bear Ware for bear t-shirts, hats and other bear wares, Bear Fetishes.

It is a long lens so you are not expected to take it all in in one bite. I've organized it logically (I think) so read for a while, bookmark the page, and come back often. I add to it often. (I research, write about, read about or sculpt polar bears every single day so I have a mammoth amount of information on them.)

To share your thoughts and/or questions about this lens, use the comment section below.



Polar Bears of the Arctic

The Beuford Sea Bears

The Polar Bears of Arctic Alaska DVD is now available for only $15 (even though the cover says $25). The DVD is really the only one that shows Alaska polar bears, which you may have noticed are largely absent from the public view relative to high arctic and/or Churchill populations. The DVD showcases the polar bears on the Beaufort Sea coast as the filmmakers try to raise the profile of this population of polar bears. These bears are threatened as much by industrial development and helicopter harassment as it is by climate change.

If you love polar bears, get this DVD and help spread the word about the polar bears on the Beauford Sea Coast.

To order your own copy, click Polar Bears of Arctic Alaska

Photos: ©Arthur C. Smith III / PolarArt Productions.

Description Of The Polar Bear - Ursus Maritimus

The Largest Member Of The Bear Family

Polar bears are such great creatures. And to think that it's only in recent evolutionary time that bears adapted to arctic sea life. It started during the Ice Age, in the northern seas, when the seals needed to breathe and reproduce at the surface. By doing this, the seals put a rich year-round food source within reach of a population of brown bears, who then started to live on the ice, evolving into something like the polar bear of today around 100,000 years ago.

Weighing about 330 to 1,760 pounds, the length of the polar bear's body is approximately 6.6 to 10 feet (some sources say 8 to 11 feet) tall. The male body is usually larger than the female. The polar bear, similar to the brown bear, is large and stocky. It has an elongated neck and small head. Its fur, usually white, sometimes appears yellow, due to oxidation.

A polar bear has black skin, which helps it absorb and hold heat from the sunlight. It is definitely well dressed for the weather with a layer of fat more than 4 inches thick to provide good insulation. The heavy fur on its feet (its foot is about 9 inches wide and 12 inches long) provides warmth and traction. Since each foot is so large, it acts as a handy snowshoe. They walk with a bow-legged gait.

It is a good swimmer with its broad forepaws that serve as paddles. When swimming underwater, the small ears flatten for protection and its nostril close. It paddles at about 6 and one-half miles per hour - front feet only, hind feet trailing - and can remain submerged for about 2 minutes. The hairs of its waterproof coat are hollow which is a good insulator and increases the bear's buoyancy when swimming.

A polar bear has a good sense of smell, sensing prey at a distance of about 20 miles. Although little is known about its sense of touch (its eyesight and hearing is acute), a polar bear is able to manipulate various objects with great dexterity.

With canine teeth larger and sharper than those of other bears, the polar bear is the most carnivorous North American bear.

Photo: iStockPhoto

How Polar Bears Evolved

Not Your Great-Great-Great-Grandfather's Brown Bear

The earliest polar bear fossil is less than 100,000 years old. And it is likely that they separated from the brown (grizzly) bear somewhere near the arctic coast of Siberia.

As the polar bear evolved, it's appearance diverged from the brown bear's, growing hair all over it's body except nose and pads of feet. The bear's coat became white to yellow and sometimes light brown depending on the time of year.

The head became elongated with a Roman nose. The cheek teeth became smaller and more jagged and the canines larger and sharper for tearing apart it's favorite food, seal. And their claws are also shorter and more solid than the brown bear.

The polar bear's tail and ears are smaller than the brown bear's but they have huge feet. Their feet are used to swim (used oar-like) and like snowshoes on the snow and ice. They also have small, soft papillae on the bottoms of their feet which gives them traction on the ice when they run.

What is a Polar Bears Range? - How much do polar bears travel?

Polar bears travel throughout the year within single home ranges, which tend to be a larger area than for other mammal species because of the alterations in sea ice from year to year and even season to season. Small home ranges (19,000 to 23,000 miles) can be discovered near Canadian Arctic Islands, while larger home ranges can be found in the Bering or Chukchi Sea areas.

The polar bear remains in the same area during the same time of year. A polar bear is capable of traveling 19 miles or more per day for several days, although some are capable of a good deal more than that. One can only hope that polar bear adaptation will carry on, as their habitat area shrinks and the pressures of civilization continue to encroach on the the natural homes where the polar bear dwell.

How Polar Bears Reproduce

Polar Bear Birthing Facts

Polar bears mate in April or May.

Although the egg is fertilized, it remains in a state of suspension in the female until late in August or early September. The egg then implants in the wall of the uterus and begins to grow.

Early in November or December, the female, prepares for the impending birth by digging a maternity den. She stays in the den and the babies are born between late November and early January.

One of the most extensive denning areas for polar bears is the lowlands of Hudson Bay and James Bay--the only known location where polar bears den in earth rather than in snow--where by digging down to the permafrost they choose to dig out caves in lake and stream banks and peat hummocks. It is believed that they might also use these permafrost dens to find shade in the summer time.

Photo: iStockPhoto

Polar Bear Embryos

By Award Winning Photographers

Cibachrome print of polar bear embryos by award winning international photographers, Daniel & Geo Fuchs. To see it and more of their fabulous work, click The Bulger Gallery.

By the way, how many embryos do you count?

Polar Bear Habits

Polar bears are Fierce, Playful, Maternal

Polar bears, like people, prefer certain foods. They have an acute sense of smell and is able to locate prey, even when hidden by snowdrifts or ice. Polar bears mainly stalks young seals and can eat nearly 50 a year). They also like walruses and capture them by swimming underwater to their ice floes. They also likes algae (when available), berries, birds and bird eggs, crabs, dead animals (including whales), grasses, mushrooms, small mammals, starfish, and sometimes...adult seals.

The polar bear, when it returns to it's den is lethargic. Males usually den from late November to late January, while females den for a longer period of time, from November to March. During that time, the sows give birth. The cubs remain with their mother about 1-1/2 to 2 years.

One of the largest denning areas for polar bears is the lowlands of Hudson Bay and James Bay. It is also the only known region where polar bears den in earth rather than in snow. They actually dig down to the permafrost to excavate caves.

Most polar bears meet their potential mates in prime seal-hunting spots. Female polar bears don't breed every year since they have cubs for up to 2 years. So, getting a date can be a real challenge! Therefore, competition for the attention of a female can be truly fierce. The males must fight one another for the privilege of mating, sometimes viciously.

Although mating takes place in late March to mid-July, females delay implantation of its fertilized eggs until early fall when it digs out and enters its den, giving birth a month or two later. To carry off a successful pregnancy and denning, the pregnant female must greatly increase her weight, mostly in fat. The denned mother often goes without food or water for as long as nine months.

The cubs are born in December or January, usually a pair of fur balls. They weigh in at about 1 to 1.5 pounds. When they leave their den in March or Apr, the cubs will weigh 25 to 30 pounds.

Photos: iStockPhoto

Polar Bears whiskers

Do polar bears have whiskers?

Turns out that polar bears have distinctive whisker spot patterns. The University of Central Florida keeps a visual database of polar bears encountered with photos and encountering information.

They have a picture of the polar bears side-view (right or left side) that shows the whisker spot patterns and scars. Each bear's is unique.

For more information, see Reuters's article Of Fingerprints and polar bear whiskers.

Polar Bear Tracks -- paw print

How big are polar bears paws?

Polar bear paws are large -- about 9 inches wide and 12 inches long. Here's a photo of a print left by a polar bear. You can see just the front part of the paw.

Polar Bear Tail

How big is a polar bear's tail?

The tail of a polar bear is very small compared to the rest of his body.

The tail is flat and between 3 to 5 inches long. It's not always easy to see because the long hair on the body often covers it.

Here's a great shot of one.

Photos: iStockPhoto

What Is Your Polar Bear Aware Quotient? - How Did You Score On The Polar Bear Aware-ness Test?

See how you compare with others that took the test. Remember, if you don't like your score, take the test again after you finish reading through the lens. I won't tell.

What was your Polar Bear Aware-ness Quotient?

See results

WEEKLY Polar Bear Cartoons by David Booth

Cartoon changes every Monday

Come back every Monday to see a NEW Polar Bear Cartoon. To see all of David's cartoons, be sure to go to his wonderful website Cabin Fever Art. Tell him you saw him at Polar Bear Aware! You can get this design or any of his other dozens of cartoons and artwork on anything from t-shirts to note cards at Cartoon Bear Ware

Polar Bear Cartoon Book

Hot off the Presses

Those of you who have been visiting this lens know that David M. Booth is an amazing cartoonist and is a good friend of mine. He is an animal lover and has made it his mission in life to save polar bears. His first book of polar bear cartoons has just hit the stands (so to speak).

As an Alaskan artist and cartoonist, David has a unique take on polar bears. His cartoons run the gambit from funny to quirky, and thought-provoking to silly and everything in-between. You can find his cartoons on Polar Bears International website as he is their official cartoonist. David's philosophy is that cartoons that add a bit of humor accomplish more than "doom & gloom" discussions.

The book also contains beautiful polar bear photos, polar bear facts and even a polar bear crossword puzzle. You can get you own copy by clicking on the book photo above, or click Skating on Thin Ice.

Polar Bears Cartoon Ware by David M. Booth

Polar bear cartoon t-shirts and other ware

Just click on the logo you like below to see all of the products available in that design from t-shirts and jackets to card and posters. To see dozens more of his designs, click B-Cool Stuff

Polar Bears And Their Habitat

Where You'll Find Polar Bears

Polar bears live only in the Northern Hemisphere. They inhabit the Arctic ice cap, islands, sea ice, and water and continental coastlines. Polar bears prefer the sea ice habitat. They like to be near the continental coastlines or islands.

Polar bears are found in Canada, from the northern arctic islands south to the Hudson Bay. They are also found in Greenland, the islands off the coast of Norway, on the northern and northwestern coasts of Alaska and on the northern coast of the former Soviet Union.

Some polar bears spend part of the year on land, although in warmer climates a bear might become stranded. Most pregnant females spend the autumn and winter on land in their maternity dens.

The home range of a polar bear tend to be larger than for other mammal species because of the changes in sea ice from year to year and even season to season. Small home ranges are between 19,000 to 23,000 miles, and can be found near Canadian Arctic Islands. Large home ranges are about 135,000 miles and can be found in the Bering or Chukchi Seas. A polar bear is capable of traveling 19 miles or more per day for several days, although some are capable of much more than that.

Photos: iStockPhoto

What Polar Bears Eat

Are polar bears omnivores?

Polar bears, like people, prefer certain foods. They have an acute sense of smell and is able to locate prey, even when hidden by snowdrifts or ice. Polar bears mainly stalks young seals and can eat nearly 50 a year). They also like walruses and capture them by swimming underwater to their ice floes. They also likes algae (when available), berries, birds and bird eggs, crabs, beluga whale and bowhead whales carcasses, grasses, mushrooms, small mammals, starfish, and sometimes...adult seals.

Polar bears also love watermelon.

Inuit Beliefs About The Polar Bear

What do Inuits believe about polar bears?

The prehistoric Inuit people held strong beliefs about animals and about the polar bear specifically. They knew how to kill animals including polar bears but they believed they had to defer to their spirits when they did.

The beliefs and practices varied some depending on where the people lived. However, they had (maybe some still do) the following common themes: They believed that...

* All creatures have souls.

* That a polar bear would give itself to a hunter only if it were treated properly after death.

* The spirit of an animal might be chosen to be the tornaq (spiritual guardian) of an individual.

* The most powerful tornaq (after the Sedna, the Goddess of the sea, who was held to be the most powerful being of all) was that of a polar bear.

* It was wrong to kill a polar bear too soon after another one was killed so there was a taboo set on hunting. For instance, the Netsilik, Copper, and Inland Inuit abstained for 5 days after killing a female and 4 days for a male.

* If a polar bear was wounded by a hunter, it's soul would be deeply offended and cause sickness and harm to the hunter therefore, it had to be tracked down and killed.

The Inuit people still have much regard and reverence for the polar bear.

The Inuit legend of Qupqugiaq aka Kokogiak

Inuit legend

Qupqugiaq is a 10-legged polar bear in this Inuit legend. In the story, he renounces violence and tries to create a love-based community.

To read the complete story, click Kokogiak

Polar Bear Playing With Husky

Polar bear playing with dog friends

This one of my favorite photos. To see this fantastic picture and more of the meeting between a male polar bear and a husky, check out Mutts, a blog by John Woestendiek of The Baltimore Sun. His story is called Wonder on the Tundra. To go to the article and video click Play Article

Scientists predict two-thirds of polar bear global population could disappear within the next fifty years! Rising temperatures are literally melting the ice beneath their paws, drastically reducing their habitat and food supply. The situation is dire.

By adopting a polar bear from National Wildlife Federation today (less than 10 cents a day), you will be helping to save these magnificent creatures. Best of all, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're helping to protect polar bears and other imperiled wildlife.

For more information, click New Adoption Center

I have my polar bear plush, do you have yours?

Share your best story, photo, joke, links to websites or Squidoo lenses, or anything else shedding light on polar bears. (Limited html.)

I'd love to hear from folks who have visited polar bears in their natural habitat. Thanks and bear hugs, Frankie

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      Good to see you here on hubpages. Adding to my animal rescue list.

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      Love Polar Bear.

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      @Jogalog: I would love to swim with one

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I would love to watch polar bears one day. They are so dangerous though so I would be very nervous of the experience too.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Lovely lens

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @GardenerDon: Lucky you to have visited Churchill. I was there in November 2010. Saved for over 3 years to make it happen. It was a once in a lifetime trip for me. I loved everything about it. Thanks for the visit. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Great lens. Aced the test too. It helps being Canadian & having visited Churchill!!

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      Suunnyy 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! Also loved the quiz, I've learned a lot about polar bears here. Thanks for making such a wonderful lens and keep the great work :)

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @ismeedee: Thanks for the kudos and for the visit. Love to hear other people love polar bears too. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I didn't do too badly on the quiz- I already knew some about them by watching lots of BBC nature programs! Love polar bears, so beautiful!!

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      rudhushudu 4 years ago

      Polar bears are beautiful animals and we should strive to save them.

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      ricber 4 years ago

      I feel like Iâm constantly looking for interesting things to read about a variety of subjects, but I manage to include your blog among my reads every day because you have compelling entries that I look forward to. Hereâs hoping thereâs a lot more amazing Polar Bear material coming!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Save the polar bears! Man is their worst enemy. Liked!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @karen-stephens: Thank you. I went in November and would go again in a heart beat if I have the funds. August sounds great too. Thank you for the angel blessings. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      We spent time in Churchill, MB. EVERYONE should go there. The best time is in August because the polar bears are slow..(they cannot run and eat you and yes, they do have armed people to protect you in town.. these animals are cute but they are born killers!) .. also August you can see thousands and thousands of beluga whales in the bay. Oh and of course the night sky. WOW. thanks for the lens and best wishes.. Angel Blessings xxo

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Thank you for making this lens. And warm polar bear hugs back to you. I enjoyed this lens. It taught me a lot about polar bears. You have a lot of very interesting information here.

      TonyB

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      Noveliaa 4 years ago

      Excellent lens! Squidlike

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      We should be more aware about polar bear to keep their existence. This is a very informative lens. Thanks for sharing this good lens.

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      We should be more aware about polar bear to keep their existence. This is a very informative lens. Thanks for sharing this good lens.

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      MyBabyBoo 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, nicely done!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Yes. I'm working on that problem. Hackers killed my blog where most of the photos were cached.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Beautiful and informative lens. Unfortunately, many of your modules with photos are not loading roperly.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @Deborah Swain: Thank you. It's been a labor of love.

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      Lovely animals and some very interesting facts, thank you and well done on your lens

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      Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      absolutely stunning lens, exhaustive research...

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      People need more awaresness about polar bears-thanks for a great lens

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      CuriousCraig2 5 years ago

      There seems to be a lot more to polar bears than a thought! Forget reading Wikipedia. THIS is the page to visit for your polar bear info.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I love these pictures. Polar bears and bears, in general, are so cute, you just want to hug them. At your own risk, of course.

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed learning more about the polar bear. Blessings.

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      nata86 5 years ago

      children are very cute polar bear

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      great lens on polar bears...love this one

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      rusjal 5 years ago

      don't let this animal perish, how would be?

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      candleandblue 5 years ago

      You have researched this fantastically, thank you so much. Amazing animals

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens, with a lot of good infomration. Thnx for sharing!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      wow... love the detailed information about polar bears!. liked and i really hope to see one in the wild in my lifetime. :)

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      ljclark 5 years ago

      My daughter and I adore the information and pictures of the polar bears. I would love to see one in real life one day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thought I's stop by to see our Polar Bears on Squidoo again.

      Must be a glitch because several photos are not showing. ~ BearHug! :)

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      I can sleep in any position, too...great lens. I love these bears.

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      ziasmith 5 years ago

      Before, I thought I have so many things I knew about polar bears but reading your lens I realized that I have so many things that I have not know yet about this creature. Great write-up! Lens shared and voted.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Polar bears are such magnificent creatures. I love your photographs and especially the embryo - life is miraculous. Blessings.

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      missyjanette 5 years ago

      nice

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      AlphaChic 5 years ago

      Very thorough. Thanks for sharing.

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      sarita 5 years ago from Hisar

      Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing it with us..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lot of important information on this lens.

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      HomeschooledKid1 5 years ago

      Polar bears are so COOL! I love this lens, and I always thought bears were interesting animals. Great job on this lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it's too cold up there in the north pole.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these stuff on polar bears! Great Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice u'r lens,, :)

      like back,, please.. :)

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Woe. Nice bear. It's beautiful!

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      Now, I am aware of it!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      I learn a lot about polar bear..thanks for sharing it!

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      mel-kav 5 years ago

      Great lens - pictures are beautiful. I so hope we can save this wonderful animal. I will definitely come back to visit once the Hacker thing is taken care of. Good luck.

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      I'm now polar bear aware.Just an absolutely awesome lens.Hackers be damned.

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      beautiful lens just thinking about this topic makes me want to cry though

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love polar bears!!

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Is it bad that this lens makes me want a coke? All kidding aside the pup pictures are cute.

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      Still an amazing page Frankie!

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 5 years ago from Enid, OK

      This is a fantastic lens. I do need to come back and reread some of it. My grandson is messing with my concentration.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great Lens! Who doesn't love polar bears.

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      MarilynImanse 5 years ago

      Awesome!

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      great lens, I've learned a lot about polar bears here!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Michele Marie Burke 5 years ago

      Great lens! Your covered so much so well. Thanks for all your efforts to educate us on polar bears.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Your lens came up on the sidebar of my polar bear lens, so I had to check it out. These creatures are so wonderful and I don't want to think we could be facing a future without them. Appreciate your work here.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Wonderful pictures with such interesting facts about polar bears-great lens! :>)

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      Tracy Smith 5 years ago from Maryville, TN

      So nice of you for donating to help the polar Bears.

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      ptnjust007 5 years ago

      great lens, really good job

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      mrkensworld 5 years ago

      Hi Frankie, great lens I had to revisit here as it really makes me smile, thanks..

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have seen on TV the problem of the polar bear's environment disappearing putting them in danger of extinction. This is such a sad reality that I hope something can be done to help them, and fast. They're adorable.Gave you a Squidlike.

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks

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      DeannaDiaz 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I have learned a lot here about how to make my lenses better! Thank you for doing a lens that will help raise awareness for the polar bears.

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      This is some really Beary good info i really enjoyed it thanks for shearing it

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! I didn't know the Inuit legend about polar bears. It was interesting to read.

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      pearltower 5 years ago

      I'm glad people are doing something to raise awareness about the environment and animals. Good lens!

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      mizzburdette 5 years ago

      sooo precious :(

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      Jeimuzu-san 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I like to see that half of the money is being donated to help these creatures and i hope that you're able to raise a lot for them!

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      So much fascinating information - great lens!

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      GGGMarketing 5 years ago

      Hey Frankie! This is a wonderful squidoo lens. I can tell you really put a lot of thought into the design of this. You have some remarkable images. Lots of good info about Polar bears and just bears in general. I enjoyed reading and learning more about them. Thanks a lot for adding such a great lens to the squidoo community. Every lensmaster should see this to learn how to do a great lens. Thanks again.

      Cheers!

      Gary @ Naples SEO

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      nursecraft 5 years ago

      My only contact with polar bears was at a zoo, but I am very interested in the protection of this species. Your lens is chock full of interesting material! I covered it from one end to the other!

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      wonderfully in-depth and informative site.

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      autofanatic 5 years ago

      Sorry to hear you blog was hacked. I love watching the polar bears at the San Diego Zoo. Always great fun to see them play.

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      great lens... I have always wanted to be able to see Polar Bears live.. wonderful lens you have here... :)

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      TheGreenHornet 5 years ago

      cool facts! Polar bears are really aggressive too. I remember an episode of Survivorman where he was stalked by one. A+

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      Atomika07 5 years ago

      what an amazing lens!!

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      Exulted 5 years ago

      Very Extensive lens, me gusta polar bears....

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      wonderful lens!!!!

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      davida007anderson 5 years ago

      Polar bears were listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 2008 due to sea-ice declines and dwindling populations.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this I couldn't do the quizz they wouldn't work I am sorry about your blog that has happened to me before

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      jamesntx 5 years ago

      Nice post. My wife works for coke and they do some good stuff for polar bears.

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      seomozgi 5 years ago

      I love bears, thanks for photos

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      kortiz 5 years ago

      love the post

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Been to Churchill, seen the bears at San Diego Zoo, collect cuddly poleys and postcards of the bears from all over the world. Love this lens, thank you. Have linked to it on my own lens about the white bears.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures! Amazing animals!

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      NicholasLore 5 years ago

      Thanks for this -- looks like an uphill battle to save them.

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Incredible lens, thank you.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      This is a great leans. Never read so much on polar bears in one website before.

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