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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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Data Used to Assess the Acute Physiological Response of Polar Bears to Helicopter Capture
DOI 10.5066/P9OKOCN1
Authors John P. Whiteman, George M. Durner
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center