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Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences prepare an expedition to Chukotka for studying the polar bear population

The group led by a senior researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution named after A.N. Severtsov RAN Ilya Mordvintsev preparing for an expedition to Chukotka to study the Chukotka-Alaskan polar bear population. The press service of the administration of the Chukotka Autonomous Region reports with reference to the department of agricultural policy and environmental management of the district.

The studies are scheduled for October-November this year and will be carried out on the coast of the Chukchi Sea near the village of Vankarem, Iultinsky District. According to the director of the Beringia Federal National Park Anatoly Kochnev, who provides logistical assistance to the expedition, the scientists' work will be to capture and immobilize adult polar bears (females) to equip the animals with collars with satellite transmitters. This will make it possible to track the routes of the bear's movement, their habitats, and their burial dens.

The work will be attended by zoologists, ecologists, climatologists, veterinarians and members of the Umka-Patrol movement, which is headed by Sergei Kavry in the Iultinsky region. In addition, Anatoly Kochnev noted, other indigenous residents of the Vankarem settlement will be involved. “The project is aimed not only at studying the Chukchi-Alaskan polar bear population, but also at combining scientific experience and traditional ecological knowledge of the indigenous population of Chukotka,” explained the director of the Beringia National Park.

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