Climate change, and not hunting, is the real threat to the polar bear populations. And that is what the WWF and Greenpeace International are advocating while respecting the rights of the indigenous communities of the high North.
Peter Sinclair's new, short 2012 Arctic ice melt video includes the time lapse satellite imagery illustrating the rapid, dramatic shrinkage of this ice cap. In just the past 12 years alone, 70 percent of the September summer ice cap has disappeared.
Keep a change of clothes easily accessible in your sled. If you fall in the drink, you'll need to get naked and change fast before hypothermia sets in. This is not a time when you want to wonder where you have placed that replacement top!