|Bears are often hungry in
the summer as there is no sea-ice to enable them to
hunt their preferred food of seals. The lack of ice
concentrates them on the land and if they are
unlucky they can find themselves on an island with
little or no food. While this one isn't especially
thin, he is noticeable not at his peak, probably
very hungry and therefore more dangerous.
Hungry and desperate bears become more and more bold
in their quest for food, many aggressive contacts
with humans including human deaths are a result of
starving bears trying to find food.
Polar bears in Svalbard by the Norwegian Polar
copyright Paul Ward