Polar Bear Denning Area at Gateshead Island, Northwest Territories

R.E. Schweinsburg, W. Spencer, D. Williams


A survey during 1977 found that the Gateshead Island area, Northwest Territories, had 9 confirmed and 10 suspected polar bear dens. The importance of the area for polar bear reproduction was confirmed during a survey in 1982 when 15 dens were found, 10 of which were identified as maternity dens. The area should be protected from human intrusion.

Key words: polar bears (Ursus maritimus), denning, reproduction, Gateshead Island, Northwest Territories


Animal reproduction; Denning; Polar bears; Gateshead Island, Nunavut; M'Clintock Inlet region, Nunavut

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic2184

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