The first documented polar bear sighting occurred in 1901, when a hunter named Charles Burdick captured a black bear on his hunting trip in the Bering Sea.
In 1902, polar bears were found in Alaska and later in Alaska’s Nunavut territory, and Burdik captured two more bears that year.
In the 1920s, a polar explorer named Thomas Treadwell described a “little bear” that he found in the Arctic, which the National Geographic Society called “the largest animal in the world.”
Treadwise was not the first to report polar bears in the North.
In 1924, George C. Scott of Canada reported on the discovery of a male polar bear in the Chukchi Sea.
In 1935, an American zoologist named John T. T. Bower described a female polar bear he had caught, the first documented female polar bears ever caught in the U.S.
In 1948, Bower captured a male, female polar otter in the Beaufort Sea and later a female, male polar mink in the Hudson River.
In 1955, Bowers captured a female white-sided dolphin in the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1963, Burdicks captured a pregnant female polar seal in the Antarctic.
In 1964, an expedition to the Arctic named by George White of South Carolina caught an undetermined number of polar bears.
In 1967, a Canadian hunter named William H. MacDougall captured a polar cub in the Great Slave Lake region.
In 1969, a Japanese fisherman named Yasutaka Fukuda captured a mother polar bear and named her “Gimpy.”
In 1975, a Russian hunter named Igor Pavlov named a female female polar tundra “Sue.”
In 1980, a Norwegian team of scientists named “The Polar Expedition” captured an estimated 20-30 polar bears, many of them pregnant.
In 1987, a British explorer named Robert Purdy captured a number of cubs of polar bear, and in the years since, dozens of other people have captured bears in Alaska.
In 2008, a team of biologists captured two male polar bears during an expedition in the Polar Bear Republic of the North, but they later died of starvation.
In 2010, an Alaska polar bear named Samsara arrived in New Zealand.
In 2012, an unnamed polar bear from Greenland arrived in a New Zealand field, prompting scientists to speculate that it was part of a large herd that has traveled from the Arctic to South America.
In 2014, a group of hunters in the Canadian Arctic reported a female grizzly bear in their field.
In 2016, a Polar Bear Specialist for the U-K.
and a U.K. scientist captured a white-tailed deer from the Great Bear Rainforest in South Africa.
In 2018, a researcher named Tim Fong captured a cub of a white bear from the Antarctic to a research station in the Rocky Mountains.
In 2020, a male black bear named Robert Fong came to the site of a recent polar bear killing in New Mexico, which was later confirmed to be a baby.
In 2024, a scientist named Chris Anderson captured a large female polar grizzly in the Kootenai River.
In 2035, a U-Bahn train ran over a female Polar Bear at its peak speed, killing it.
In 2021, a German explorer named Franz Bartsch captured a pair of polar seals while on a trip in Norway.
In 2023, a French hunter named Joseph-Pierre D’Agnocq captured a Polar bear from a remote region of the Canadian North.
In 2030, a woman from Alaska captured a juvenile polar bear.
In 2024, the French government designated a large polar bear as the largest animal on the planet, marking the first confirmed female polar species to be classified in the wild.
In 2022, an international expedition named the Polar Bears Expedition caught a male grizzly and named him “The Wolf.”
In 2022 a scientist nicknamed Robert T. Smith captured a two-year-old female polar sow in the Siberian wilderness.
In 2019, a young male polar bull cub arrived in Australia.
In 2019, two polar bears and two wolves arrived in Norway, and two more were captured in Alaska by hunters.
In 2016, two Polar Bears arrived in the New Guinea wilderness.
In 2015, a mother Arctic polar bear captured a young cub in Antarctica.
In 2014, an adult male polar sow was caught near the Canadian territory of Nunavik.
In 2013, a female Arctic polar sow arrived in South Korea.
In 2010, a hunter caught a female Antarctic polar bear near Cape Town, South Africa, and the animal was named “Chukchi.”
In 2009, an Arctic Polar Bear named “Dolly” arrived in Chile.
In 2007, a white wolf and a female black bear arrived in North Korea.
In 2006, a pair captured by an American hunter in the Gulf of Alaska were named “Mama Bear.”
In 2005, an Alaskan polar bear was caught by a Canadian expedition in New Brunswick.In