Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
They're not supposed to be here this time of year, but the Arctic is warming and the ice is melting. This year, the ice pack around northern Alaska was completely gone by August, so these big, beautiful predators are left to scavenge on the barrier islands off of old whale carcasses.
The females are already impregnated, but without food to build up their fat reserves prior to winter, the fetuses will abort so that the mother has a chance of surviving.
And thus, we lose another generation of polar bears, and ultimately another species from the Earth.
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