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Data Used to Assess the Acute Physiological Response of Polar Bears to Helicopter Capture

April 29, 2022

This dataset is in five tables with data from ecophysiological studies of free-ranging polar bears of the Southern Beaufort Sea subpopulation. They were equipped with high-resolution activity sensors, body temperature loggers, and GPS satellite-telemetry collars, to compare physiological state and activity of bears during natural behavior with that experienced by bears during helicopter recapture events (n = 14 bears). The data include: rectal temperatures for comparison to temperatures recorded by implanted loggers, levels of blood biochemical markers (n = 50 bears) related to elevated body temperature and stress for testing whether these markers were influenced by the duration of helicopter operations, ambient temperature, and dose of the immobilization drug.