Argument: ANWR drilling would harm polar bears

Issue Report: Oil Drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge


  • Natural Resource Defense Council 3/10/05 – “Oil development would permanently harm polar bear denning habitat: The Arctic Refuge coastal plain is the most important onshore denning area for Beaufort Sea polar bears, which range along 800 miles of the Arctic coast. Most of the year, the bears roam along the sea ice in search of seals and other food. In the fall, pregnant females seek den sites in which to give birth and nurse their young. Denning polar bears are extremely sensitive to industrial activity. Females may abandon their dens if disturbed, which usually is fatal for cubs unable to fend for themselves.”

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