Polar Bears Spar as Temps Chill Out

When the northern weather takes a colder turn toward the end of October and onset of November, we see an escalation in sparring activity between polar bears in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA). Shorter bouts between bruins begin in mid – October and they become increasingly longer as the season continues through November. Polar bears use this activity as a way to stay strong, alert and practice their dominance for various hierarchy reasons. Until the temperatures drop sufficiently, polar bears will not exert any excess energy at the risk of overheating. Here are some of the best images from past dynamic polar bear seasons in Churchill. Stay tuned for more incredible photos from this coming season!


polar bears sparring Churchill, Manitoba

Polar bears engaging in some sparring. Lori – Ann Martin photo.

polar bears sparring in Churchill, Manitoba

Polar bears engaged in sparring. Brad Josephs photo.

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Sparring polar bears in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. Colby Brokvist photo.

Polar bears sparring in Churchill, Manitoba.

Sparring bears in the CWMA. Melissa Scott photo.

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Polar bears sparring near the Tundra Lodge. Elise Lockton photo.

Polar bears sparring in Churchill, MB.

Polar bears squaring off on the tundra. Natural Habitat Adventures photo.

Churchill polar bears sparring.

paul Brown photo.

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