Pipeliners Keep Protective Eye on Pregnant Polar Bear

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

A P&GJ Staff Report

A pregnant polar bear found an unusual spot to dig her maternity den, selected a bank of snow bank along a bridge leading to an artificial production island near Prudhoe Bay, AK – and operating company Hilcorp Alaska couldn’t be happier. “I’ve worked in the area for several years, and while you prepare and plan for polar bears in the area, this was the first time we had encountered a situation like this,” said Beth Sharp, Hilcorp Alaska’s wildlife specialist, told P&GJ.  “It’s great that we were able to have a positive result in this…

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