FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Researchers are taking a closer look at climate change and how it impacts polar bears.
Colleen Duncan is a veterinarian at Colorado State University and is the lead investigator on the project. Specifically, she’s looking at how climate change changes how infectious diseases spread in polar bears.
Duncan and her team are just back from northwest Alaska where they tracked polar bears across vast fields of snow and ice, getting samples from the bears after they traquilized them to get information about their health. They also collected blood samples and swabbed their mouths.
The researchers are now studying the samples and hope to have some answers soon.
Polar bears are threatened by the melting snow caps.
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