Part Two: Capturing Polar Bears, What It's Like Out on the Ice (Mike Lockhart)

Video Shot in: 2009

Mike Lockhart, an expert Arctic researcher, discusses the meticulous measurements and data collection involved in studying polar bears. These measurements include standard parameters like age, condition, skull measurements, total length, weight, and various samples for chemical analysis and genetics. Each bear is uniquely identifiable through ear tags and lip tattoos, which allow for accurate identification and tracking. The extensive database built from these efforts over decades provides crucial information on the population structure of polar bears in the Beaufort Sea, making it one of the most comprehensive datasets available. Lockhart emphasizes the challenging nature of working with polar bears and acknowledges that climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the species.