NewsScientists trail polar bears
In April 2009, research scientists from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources tranquilised and tagged polar bears in the pack ice west of Qeqertarsuaq/Disko. The bears were tranquilised from a helicopter and were fitted with a radio transmitter that reveals how they move around in the ice. By monitoring the polar bears via satellite, research scientists will be able to track how much the bears move about in the areas where international companies wish to prospect for oil. The studies are intended to contribute to an assessment of how the natural environment and fauna could be affected by mineral prospecting or extraction activities.