May the Best Bear Win

Using evolutionary game theory I was able to draw some interesting conclusions about the predicament facing our fuzzy four-legged mammalian ursine friends. So bears, they are large and in-charge animals, dominant species of the forest, arctic, mountains and existing in many other eco-systems. What if the dominant, top-of-the-food-chain bear of one environment was somehow pushed into the environment of another alpha-animal, maybe even another type of bear’s environment?

Thus we introduce the Polar Bear’s plight, because it is the innocent Polar Bear’s land that is sinking into the ocean, or melting into it, or evaporating into the sky… well whatever the way that a bunch of scientists choose to explain how our cold weather friend’s environment is disappearing, it is still just that, disappearing. So now with their main means of hunting for food, the ice, becoming less abundant and literally forcing them to search and procure unorthodox Polar Bear foods in unorthodox Polar Bear ways. Since Polar Bears primarily use the ice to their advantage in that it gives them the ability to surprise seal swimming in the waters below and then temporarily corner or catch them off guard for a hefty seal-meal, it is now apparent that they have a considerable obstacle to hurdle if the ice keeps melting. Basically, this results in an unsustainable evolutionary strategy given the continuance of the ice in the arctic melting.


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Author: Shane

I'm a good guy; if you want my opinion.

3 thoughts on “May the Best Bear Win”

  1. This example is an interesting example of a new species entering into the ecosystem of another and competing for resources. This is really similar to the beetle example we discussed in class, with the polar bears being the invading species. It will be interesting to see if it is a successful invasion or whether the species will find a way to coexist.

  2. Do you see it possible that the polar bears will adapt and begin to look for food and what is now considered black/grizzly bear habitat and eventually displacing them?

  3. I agree Danya, this will be interesting to see if the two can coexist without any major conflicts between them. I’d have to place my wager on the Grizzlies having a competitive advantage, being the Polar Bears are really the ones out of their element.
    To my anonymous commenter I’d keep my bets on Black/Grizzly maintaining their land. After all, they did figure out how to exist there up until now, but perhaps… you really just need to see what happens with situations like this. I do not know exactly how far either bears’ habitats extend.
    Thanks for commenting thought everyone! Very cool insights from both of you.

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