The Polar Bear Catastrophe

     That Never Happened

The Polar Bear Catastrophe That Never Happened Catastrophe cover thumbnail 200 pixels wideexplains why the catastrophic decline in polar bear numbers we were promised in 2007 failed to materialize. It’s the story of how and why the polar bear came to be considered `Threatened’ with extinction, and tracks the species rise and fall as an icon of the global warming movement.

The book also tells the story of my role in bringing that failure to public attention and the backlash against me that ensued.

For the first time, you’ll see a frank and detailed account of attempts by scientists to conceal population growth as numbers rose from an historical low in the 1960s to the astonishing highs that surely must exist after almost 50 years of protection from overhunting.

There is also a blunt account of what truly abundant populations of bears mean for the millions of people who live and work in areas of the Arctic inhabited by polar bears.

This is a full-length illustrated book that is fully referenced and is available in Paperback and Ebook.

See “Non-Fiction Titles” for details and list of interviews (note, an ‘epub’ ebook format is now available for non-Kindle users).

A Polar Bear Science Trio (non-fiction)

These science books offer the information critical for understanding current issues in polar bear ecology and conservation. You’ll learn some amazing facts and myths about these Arctic icons from both but one of them is fashioned specifically with kids in mind.

For elementary and middle school students (and adults)


Available now! This versatile, full-color summary is appropriate for ages 7 and up but may also appeal to adults. Polar Bear Facts and Myths: A Science Summary for all Ages is laid out in a question and answer format, with language that’s straightforward but not condescending, so it works for students of various reading abilities as well as adults who prefer a simple synopsis. A great polar bear book for adults and kids to read together. Buy the paperback or ebook version at Amazon today. French, German, Dutch, and Norwegian translations now available, details here.

Now listed at Amazon Canada and Amazon UK

For adults and high school students


Available now! This full-color, fully-referenced polar bear science book is aimed at adults and high school students. Polar Bears: Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change is fashioned after the popular lecture with the same title Susan has given through the University of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau since 2009, which has been enthusiastically received by audiences with a wide range of interests.

This full-color volume explains why polar bears are thriving despite the recent decline of Arctic sea ice.

It contains the critical information readers need to understand polar bear ecology and conservation issues without drowning in detail: the most up-to-date information available in an easy to digest format that is fully referenced.

Buy the paperback or ebook version at Amazon.com today.Other formats and purchasing options coming soon, check here for details.

Also available at Amazon Canada and Amazon UK.

For preschoolers


Available now! This beautiful color book is a ‘first science book’ for preschoolers who love polar bears. Polar Bears Have Big Feet has no gory images, no discussion of starving bears, climate change, or threatened species – just fabulous pictures of polar bears doing what they do in their natural Arctic habitat, accompanied by lighthearted descriptions.  It’s a great first polar bear science book for adults to read to kids but it’s also one that kids will want to learn to read.

Buy the paperback only at Amazon.com today.

Will be available only in paperback, check here for details.


A Polar Bear Attack Thriller (fiction)


Available since 2015. What Jaws did for the beaches of New England, Eaten does for northern Newfoundland.Terror and carnage abound as hungry polar bears come ashore in droves seeking any food available, including human prey. Set in the year 2025 at the edge of the Arctic, the story considers future possibilities no one has yet contemplated. Call it JAWS for the 21st century – just when you thought it was safe to stay out of the water! The historic but uniquely revitalized Newfoundland community of Fogo Island features prominently in the tale. Buy it today at Amazon in paperback or ebook versions or see the dedicated EATEN page for other available formats and purchasing venues.

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cropped-08_21_2011_0056_cropped.jpg Scientist Susan Crockford has spent decades writing professional papers and books but has been blogging about polar bears for non-scientists since 2012. In 2015, she wrote her first novel, a polar bear attack thriller aimed at readers who prefer their science “lite.” EATEN did not disappoint: the common reviewer refrain was, “I couldn’t put it down!” For 2017, she presents the two non-fiction volumes readers around the world have been requesting: straightforward science books about polar bears for adults and children that offer the same no nonsense, big-picture perspective on polar bear conservation that has made her blog and public lectures so popular. Susan is a professional zoologist who has studied the ecological history and evolution of many animals for more than 40 years, and has had a special interest in polar bears for at least half that time. A driving fascination with evolution (including the history of human-animal interactions) compels her to write. She has a Ph.D. and writes about the science of polar bears and related topics at www.polarbearscience.com. See the About page on my blog (here) for more detail on my background, and even more detailed publication history at www.pacificid.com under the Research tab.

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  1. Susan – I just finished reading your novel and loved it. I enjoyed getting a scientist’s perspective on these currents events in the format of a novel.
    You were kind to write to me about a year ago when I asked some questions about bears and hiking in Newfoundland along the International Appalachian Trail. I felt vulnerable about my late May start after reading reports of sporadic attacks in northern NL. I did go, was cautious, and carried 2 cans of bear spray until there was no sign of any ice offshore. I was not eaten! Will always appreciate your help.
    PS – There was no mention of bear spray in the novel.. I wonder if I had a false sense of security!

  2. Thanks Diane – I’m so glad to hear you were not eaten! But that’s the point of the novel, at some level. In early March, who would expect bears onshore when they should be out eating seals? As the entire population was taken by surprise by the attacks, it’s likely no one thought about bear spray until it was too late or the crisis was more or less over.


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