Shifting climate patterns seem to be having an impact on bears, polar bears and grizzly bears in particular, the Edmonton Journal reports today in a story about hybrid bears being discovered in the Arctic. A University of Alberta researcher recently came across two young cubs. One appeared grizzly-like and the other more like a polar bear.
“I guess we can expect more of these hybrids as the population of grizzly bears continues to grow in this part of the world,” UA scientist, Andrew Derocher wrote in an email that was reported by the Journal. “Grizzlies in the High Arctic were rare until about 20 years ago; a quirk of nature,” the story said. Read more: Arctic’s future.