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Alaska Polar Bear On Barter Island

Alaska Polar Bear -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel
One of the bigger adult male polar bears that we observed during our recent trip to Barter Island. Adult male polar bears can weigh up to 1,700 pounds and measure eight to ten feet in length. They can live 20-30 years, but only a small number of polar bears lives past 15-18 years. Notice the large pieces of driftwood, which originiated in Canada and floated down the Mackenzie River to the Beaufort Sea, before ocean currents pushed them westward.