I went skiing with a colleague. First we saw the slightly larger footprint and in parallel with these few less tracks. We stated that it had to be female polar bear with young, tells karasjokingen Jan Arne Næss, the Norwegian broadcasting corporation NRK.

Bjørnesporene was observed in the vicinity of the old Rødekorshytta in Karasjok.

NATURE’s MAN: Jan Arne Næss often go skiing.

Photo: Private

It is a favorite walking area for both skiers and those with motorized vehicles.

the Site is located a mile south of the village.

Tracks came skiløypa a distance before they took off towards the Dákteroavvi located closer to the village, ” says Næss.

And add:

I notified reineieren that has his herd there, so that they can consider whether it is necessary to move their animals.

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research Fellow and veterinarian, associate professor Alina Lynn Evans at the College in the Inland areas of Norway, says that it Næss have observed is not so common.

– It is unusual that the female polar bear with cubs wake up so early and it is difficult to say why these have come out. It may be that the bears have been disturbed by people or other animals, ” says Evans for NRK.

the Study shows that the bear comes out of hibernation when the air temperature is four to five degrees Celsius. In Karasjok, it is considerably cooler now.

research ON BEARS: Associate professor Alina Lynn Evans.

Photo: the College in the Inland

Evans has, in his doctoral work studied brunbjørnens vintersøvn.

She has mapped out what factors, both in bjørnekroppen and the climate, which controls when the bear goes in hi in the fall, and when it wakes up again.

the Researcher believes that the bear wakes up now because it starts to get too hot inside in the den. The largest bears wake up usually first.

– It seems that the smallest bears lose the most heat and therefore runs in hi a little before the great and coming out again a little later, says Evans, to research.no.

– Heart is beating a little faster

Jan Arne Næss admits that he jumped a little when he discovered bjørnesporene.

Heart beating a bit faster, but I was not afraid. We also thought that we must be a little cautious, ” says Næss.

He says that it was planned a ski trip to the same area yesterday, but by then it was the weather that put a stop to the plans.

– I have an ambivalent relationship to bear. On the one hand it is exciting, but on the other hand, there has been fewer trips to the areas where it has been observed the bear, ” says Næss.

BEAR IN the SNOW: This bear was photographed in 2012.

Photo: Nils Aslaksen Siri / Private

the Researcher does not believe there is reason to fear the bear.

the Bear avoid like people and there are few people who have been attacked by bears in Scandinavia, ” says Evans.

And continue:

– In these cases, it is often that they have with them a dog that chases the bear, and then brings the angry bear away to you, ” says Evans.

She emphasizes that there is always a reason to watch out for the bear with young.