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Polar Bear Planet

The polar bear is a large carnivorous mammal to be found in the areas around the Arctic Ocean. With adults weighing between 150 and 600 kg (330 - 1320 lb), it is the world's largest land-based predator.

Although polar bears have a reputation for agressive behaviour, they will rarely attack human beings unless they are hungry. However, when an attack does occur it is usually fatal. The polar bear combines its powerful sense of smell with stealth when hunting, silently approaching its prey before attacking from close range.

The Polar Bear is classified as a vulnerable species. In recent years regulation of the hunting of Polar Bears has helped to stabilize the wild polar bear population, which today stands at around 25,000 bears worldwide.