Marine Mammals Management
Collection of Traditional
A Chukotka hunter identifies polar bear habitat in Russia. Charlie Johnson/Alaska Nanuuq Commission
From living in the Arctic environment, indigenous people of the circumpolar
north possess unique traditional knowledge regarding polar bears, their
habitat, and the Arctic ecosystem. Past and ongoing efforts to document traditional
knowledge of polar bear habitat use and integrate it with western science
has and continues to improve polar bear conservation and management.
A report entitled “Collection of Local Knowledge Regarding Polar
Bear Habitat Use In Alaska” is available by contacting Susanne
Miller at 1-800-362-5148. The report describes TEK provided by Alaska
polar bear hunters regarding polar bear denning and feeding areas, and
seasonal movements. This report is also available in Russian.
In 2004, a report documenting polar bear habitat use in Russia is
scheduled to be translated into English; it will be available from the
Alaska Nanuuq Commission in Nome, Alaska. Contact Charlie Johnson at
907-443-5044 for further information.
Last updated: September 10, 2008