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M’Clintock Channel (MC) polar bear study 2014-2016

Key Points:

  • There are an estimated 545-945 (average 716) bears in MC 2014-2016.
  • The are more bears now than during the last study in 1998-2000 when abundance was 284.
  • Calculating abundance, survival, and reproductive indicators was very challenging because there were not enough data to use preferred models which means our estimates are less accurate.
  • The population has recovered after being overharvested between 1970s-1990s.