Polar Bear Predators
Polar Bear Enemies
Since Polar Bears find themselves at the very top of the food chain out there, they don’t have many natural predators at all. Ironically, the only one they have to fear in their natural environment is their own kind. While Polar Bears aren’t territorial when it comes to where they reside, they are extremely aggressive when it come to mating. They are going to challenge each other to determine who will get to mate.
Most of the time the injuries or even death that occur among the males are the result of these battles for the right to mate. Even though one will walk away victorious, both of them may have injuries that they won’t be able to easily overcome. It isn’t uncommon for such battles to go on with one after another for weeks too which will leave these male Polar Bears completely exhausted.
Yet mating is a very instinctive prospect for them that they aren’t going to pass up unless they are forced to do so. They fight hard to earn that right, and that can result in broken skin that becomes infected. Some types of injuries can prevent a Polar Bear from being able to effectively hunt. While they can live off fat reserves for several months, if that injury doesn’t heal up properly they may eventually starve to death. When the wounds are deep it is possible for a Polar Bear to bleed to death.
Teeth are very sharp on Polar Bears, and they use them too as weapons in these battles. As a result these teeth can be damaged or knocked out. After many such battles it can become extremely hard for Polar Bears to continue eating their diet as they are carnivores. This too can result in them eventually starving to death as well.
Sometimes females are the victims of such battles as well. They may not wish to mate with a particular male so he will be very aggressive with her. This is common if she has already mated with another male and now someone else wants to do the same with her. This occurs all the time though which is why a pair of cubs can have different fathers. She may end up with many bite marks as a result of his advances and her refusal of them. Female Polar Bears can also become victims of the males when they are trying to defend their young cubs.
Humans are the other predators of Polar Bears, and one that they are often no match for. While some of these animals have been known to attack humans, the number of them hunted for sport or for meat greatly outnumber them. While it is illegal to hunt Polar Bears today in many areas such adventures still take place behind the scenes.
The damages that humans do to the environment significantly impact Polar Bears negatively. For example when they pollute the waters or destroy their natural habitat. When they create adverse living conditions for the Polar Bears they will be stressed out and not take part in reproduction. The hunting and killing of seals also takes away the natural food supply of the Polar Bears.
Global warming is a huge concern for the future of Polar Bears. As humans continue to release harmful substances into the environment, the risk for them becomes worse. Even with some conservation efforts out there, more has to be done to protect them. Therefore it is ironic that Polar Bears only have to worry about humans and their own kind. Yet they are currently on the list of Endangered Animals because of the events that unfold with both of them collectively.