Polar Bear, "Ursus maritimus"

“On Thin Ice”
Limited Edition of 195 | Artist Proof 25

The sea ice on Hudson Bay has been forming two to three weeks later each November, and breaking up an average of three weeks earlier in June than it did just two decades ago. This leaves the polar bears with less time on the ice, especially during their prime hunting season, April through July. The earlier spring break-up forces them ashore without enough fat reserves to see them through the summer fasting period. Polar bears are a very highly specialized species, preying almost exclusively on ice-breeding seals. Both bears and seals must have sea ice to survive.

SKU Number: 295447

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