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Arctic Tundra Carnivores

The tundra is full of carnivores, animals that eat meat.

There are several species of bear in the tundra. Polar bears are the species that is entirely carnivorous. They usually live at the far northern edge of the Arctic tundra, because they find almost all of their food in the Arctic Ocean.

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

Arctic foxes eat all sorts of meat including lemmings Arctic hares, and birds. Their thick fuzzy fur and body fat helps them survive in the cold tundra.

Wolverines are known to be ferocious and strong. They may be small, but they can attack prey animals much larger than themselves.

Some birds that live in the Arctic tundra are carnivores too. The snowy owl, for example, hunts for and eats small rodents such as lemmings.

Last modified February 6, 2007 by Lisa Gardiner.

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