The Polar bear habitat encompass the entire circumpolar Arctic region. Unlike other bear species, the polar bear are excellent swimmers, and have been spotted more than 100 miles away from land or ice. The polar bears main habitat is on offshore pack ice, and along coasts and islands of the Arctic region ( Greenland where they have been hunted to extinction and in the Svalbard Archipelago). Over 40 per cent of all polar bears living today live in Northern Canada, on pack ice and along the shores of the many island there. Polar bears prefer the ice packs to other parts of their habitat because it allows them to remain in close contact with their main food source- seals. Polar bears will remain in this ice pack habitat all year. Any polar bears that do not stay on the ice when the ice begins to retreat will have to remain on the land, until the ice forms again in the fall.
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