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On remote Wragel Island in the Russian Arctic the polar bears survive, but just barely. Sergey Gorhskov spent three years traveling to this nearly-deserted sanctuary to document the wildlife of this fragile reserve. Once known as a 'polar bear maternity ward' with close to 400 denning mothers raising their cubs annually the island now hosts only 60 birthing females. Climate change and its effect on the bears' hunting patterns threatens the island's population which is stressed by hunger and competition. Mothers lead their young on a search for food, nearly 100 bears collect at one beach to feed on washed-up walruses and lone animals range this harsh island home in this gallery of images.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cubs near cliff, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 4  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519846 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cubs near cliff, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 4© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cubs walking up mountain side, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519848 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cubs walking up mountain side, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519832 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 1 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 2 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519833 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 2 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519834 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519828 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 2 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519827 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 2 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519825 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 1 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519831 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519818 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519817 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs in snow, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother leading her cubs down a dark scree slope, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520493 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother leading her cubs down a dark scree slope, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs walking over tundra, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520417 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs walking over tundra, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother walking with her cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520492 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother walking with her cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother leading her cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520490 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother leading her cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub walking along shore, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520450 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub walking along shore, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs walking along bank of a small stream, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520458 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cubs walking along bank of a small stream, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) cubs with faces bloodied from feeding, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520488 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) cubs with faces bloodied from feeding, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with full grown cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519550 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with full grown cubs, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519561 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting in surf, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519588 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting in surf, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519659 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519660 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adults and cub at edge of cliff, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520452 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adults and cub at edge of cliff, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group patrolling beach near outflow of stream into the ocean, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520439 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group patrolling beach near outflow of stream into the ocean, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520424 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 1 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 2 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520425 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 2 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 3  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520427 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia. Sequence 3 of 3© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on a carcass in waves on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520455 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on a carcass in waves on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on a carcass in waves on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520456 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on a carcass in waves on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520460 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group scavenging on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519293 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group scavenging on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group scavenging on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519297 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group scavenging on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group scavenging on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519309 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group scavenging on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520462 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520464 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520465 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520467 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520470 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520437 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520435 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass near tide line on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520477 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass near tide line on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass near tide line on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520479 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass near tide line on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass in water, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520494 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) group feeding on carcass in water, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) feeding on whale carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520625 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) feeding on whale carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on whale carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520620 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair feeding on whale carcass on beach, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cub feeding on Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519855 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and yearling cub feeding on Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) feeding on dried carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519752 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) feeding on dried carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub feeding on Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519594 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub feeding on Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair competing over Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519658 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) pair competing over Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) carcass, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
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