Seal Hunting

Most seal hunting by polar bears occurs in the spring, from April through June. During this time the seal pups are being whelped and polar bears have fairly ready access to them in their snow caves on the ice, called Aglus by the Inuit. Bears seek these dens out by their keen sense of smell, twenty times greater than human’s, and then either cave the roof of the dens in by force or try to dig their way in from the side. Seals for their part are less than impressed by all of this activity.

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