"She knows what the show is like and what can happen but he kept reassuring her that he wasn't interested in any of the girls."He kept saying he was only doing it for the money and it wasn't about hooking up with other women.Since the early 1980s, Canada's Western Hudson Bay polar bear population has declined by 22 percent, while the Southern Beaufort Sea population dropped by roughly 40 percent between 20.Polar bears depend on sea ice to travel, hunt and raise their young, but climate change has caused sea ice to melt earlier in the spring and form later in the fall, disrupting the bears' habitat.
"They are really not different 'species,' in the biological sense of the word," said Marsha Branigan, a wildlife manager with the Northwest Territories government and co-author of the study.
The hybridization so far could, after all, merely be the result of one female's unusual penchant for humpbacked grizzlies.
But that doesn't mean things won't change for the Arctic's apex predator.
Ten years later, in May 2016, Inuit hunters in Nunavut thought they had shot and killed yet another hybrid – their "pizzly" or "grolar" bear made headlines around the world – but a pizzly bear it was not.
Rather, DNA analysis revealed they had simply caught a very blonde grizzly bear. Though polar bear and grizzly bear habitat has long overlapped, the latter are moving farther north as temperatures warm, while the former are fast disappearing in parts of their historic range as the sea ice they use as hunting grounds disappears.