If the polar bear population Knowing where polar bears range, avoiding birthing areas. A polar bear mama needs a lot of calories for her survival and to feed the cub. In the days of paddling, many Greenlanders disappeared during the hunts ( of seals, whale and bears). No doubt some of these were due to polar bears. The Swedish explorer / adventurer Andrée left evidence ( mainly photographic) of the perils of staying in polar bear country for extended time. His team was well armed so could shoot them, ( which they did) when the bears were stalking their camp. Unfortunately they ate the meat uncooked or badly cooked once th3ir supplies were gone. This eventually killed all in the group. Trikinosis ( infection by the Trikine parasite) I wonder, is there any evidence of a Polar bear population during the last Ice Age? Plenty of Mammut, horse, lion, but bear?