Russian Academy of Sciences studies polar bear population in northern Yakutia
[:en]CHUKOTKA AUTONOMOUS AREA, RUSSIA - JULY 12, 2019: A polar bear by Wrangel Island. Yuri Smityuk/TASS
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Yakutia 24 TV channel: RAS specialists will determine the den places and study the migration paths of the bears during the expedition to the Nizhnekolymsky district of the republic.
“The expedition is held for the second year. There are many questions, because polar bears are a vivid biological indicator of global climate change. Members of the expedition will also collect genetic material and excrement for determining the diet of Arctic predators,” says Innokenty Okhlopkov, director of the Institute of Biological Problems of the Cryolithozone of the SB RAS.
The expedition starts at the end of April. The results of the observations will allow to finally find out what bears live in Yakutia, since, according to the scientists, Yakutia presents two polar bear populations – Laptev and East Alaska.