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Coexisting with Polar Bears

When sea ice melts, polar bears are forced to look for food on land, a search that is increasingly bringing them into contact - and conflict - with people. This factsheet describes how Defenders of Wildlife is working to reduce conflicts between humans and polar bears, and increase the species' odds for survival.

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