Polar Bear Health

Polar Bear Health Score Card: A Standardized Fatness Index

Hair Loss in Polar Bears


  • USGS Technical Announcement: Polar Bears in Alaska Observed with Patchy Hair Loss and other Skin Lesions (released 4/6/2012).
  • Atwood, T., et al. 2013. Prevalence and spatio-temporal variation of an alopecia syndrome in polar bears of the Southern Beaufort Sea. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(1):48-59. doi: 10.7589/2013-11-301.


More Polar Bear Studies

  • Stimmelmayr, R., et al. 2017. Umbilical hernia in a free-ranging male polar bear. Poster presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 2018.
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