Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Stranded-Polar-Bears-in-Alaska-27MZIFVALY_G.htmlConceptually similarWhale Carcass in AlaskaGP04B4OCompleted★★★★Stranded Polar Bears in AlaskaGP04AX1Completed★★★★Whale Carcass in AlaskaGP04BPICompleted★★★★Whale Carcass in AlaskaGP04BPWCompleted★★★★Whale Carcass in AlaskaGP04BPYCompleted★★★★Gulls Feast on Whale Remains in AlaskaGP04CRICompleted★★★★Gulls Feast on Whale Remains in AlaskaGP04CRLCompleted★★★★Gulls Feast on Whale Remains in AlaskaGP04CRYCompleted★★★★Stranded Polar Bears in AlaskaGP04AXNCompleted★★★★★★View AllGP04AWVStranded Polar Bears in AlaskaStranded polar bears feed on the the remains a whale carcass, left by the Inupiat whale hunters, which is surrounded by a barbed wire fence.As the bears feed they snag against the fence leaving hair samples which are then taken for DNA analysis. Scientists use the DNA to determine which bears show up, and for how long. This information can help wildlife managers minimize human-bear conflicts, and understand how the animals are faring as climate change reduces the amount of time they can spend on the sea ice hunting their preferred prey, seals, and if they are changing their behavior to adapt to the declining sea ice.Locations:Alaska-Arctic-Arctic Coastal Plain-Kaktovik-North America-United States of AmericaDate:7 Oct, 2011Credit:© Rose Sjölander / 70°Maximum size:4967px X 3312pxRestrictions:Ok for Greenpeace use and for approved external Greenpeace campaign related use. Contact the photographer directly or Greenpeace UK (email@example.com) for any other external licensing or sales.Keywords:Autumn-Bones-Bowhead whales-Coastlines-Day-Eating-Hunting (activity)-Inupiat-KWCI (GPI)-Landscapes-Outdoors-Polar bears-Research-Sampling (activity)-Save the Arctic (campaign title)-Seagulls-WaterShoot:70° North - Arctic Documentation70° North is a multimedia project documenting the impact of climate change and resources exploration in the Arctic.Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities who now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell's proposed offshore drill site is in the path of the bowhead whale's migration route. Many Inupiat hunters are concerned about Shell's lack of spill response capabilities if licenses are granted to drill offshore in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seasGreenpeace is campaigning for a global sanctuary to be declared around the uninhabited area of the North Pole to save the Arctic from attempts by oil companies to exploit the region’s resources for short term profit.