Polar Bears: The Arctic's Fearless Great Wanderers

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2010 - Nature - 125 pages
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Around the Arctic Circle, polar bears are at the top of the food chain. They have no natural enemies and are fearless, living on the ice and hunting seals—their favourite food—with matchless cunning and ability. They roam far and wide, often far south of their Arctic habitat: they are seen regularly in Churchill, Manitoba, and in James Bay. They rarely attack humans, but when they do, they win. Considered wise and powerful by Aboriginal cultures, they have become a symbol of animals threatened by climate change in the Arctic ecosystem. Anthony Dalton has gathered stories of Ursus maritimus from Canada, Greenland, Norway, Siberia and Alaska. Learn about the bears' single-minded approach to life and acquiring food, share hair-raising encounters between polar bears and humans, and marvel at the majesty of this mighty animal.

 

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Contents

prologue
7
introduction
10
The Last Great Nomads
15
On Spitsbergen and Points East
29
To Greenland and Arctic Canada
40
Arctic Slaughter
50
Far North with an Intrepid Few
65
Tales from Churchill and Hudson Bay
78
Polar Bears on Display
88
Modern Adventurers in the Northwest Passage
98
Polar Bears in Fiction Myth and Legend
107
Polar Bear Conservation
114
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About the author (2010)

Anthony Dalton is the author of numerous books on maritime history including The Graveyard of the Pacific, The Fur-Trade Fleet, Alone against the Arctic, and Sir John Franklin. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is past-president of the Canadian Authors Association. He lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

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