Fall is the second-most important feeding season for polar bears after spring but it comes at different times for different subpopulations. Sea ice formation along shorelines attracts fish and seals and that means polar bears which spent the summer onshore will soon eat again after their summer fast. As usual, the earliest ice formation this year is along the coast of the Laptev Sea, which is one of the primary ‘ice-generators’ of Arctic sea ice. Western and Southern Hudson Bay bears will have longer to wait but the ice will eventually come to them too.
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