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Arctic Tundra Carnivores

The tundra is full of carnivores, animals that eat meat. Bears, wolves and even bats fill the tundra with life. Let's explore these creatures further!

There are several species of bear in the tundra. Polar bears usually live farther north, but are also found in the tundra searching for food. The Kodiak is the largest bear in the tundra. It is usually a brown color. Brown bears aren't as fierce as their reputation makes them out to be. Actually, brown bears seldomly eat meat.

Wolves are the better predators of the tundra. They travel in small families and attack caribou and other large herbivores that are too slow to stay with the pack. Some wolves change to a bright white color in the winter.

Wolverines have a reputation of being ferocious and strong. They look like small bears, but they pack a mean punch. Wolverines feed on dead carcasses, but sometimes kill their own prey. Otters and minks are in the same family as wolverines. Otters live near rivers and lakes so they can feed on fish.

Even bats are found in the tundra during the summer! They feed on the swarms of insects that fill the air.

Last modified February 6, 2007 by Lisa Gardiner.

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