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Keeping The Polar Bear Myth Alive

December 10th, 2009 Posted in activists

Dead Global Warming polar_bear

The Vancouver Sun ran a story today to make sure we know that the polar bear population is dropping and that they now have to eat each other to survive…

Because they are running out of land.

SUN: Polar bears pushed to eat each other by lack of ice: Researcher

According to Manitoba Conservation, at least four cases of polar bear cannibalism have been confirmed in the northeastern Manitoba community of Churchill this year. Several more cases are being investigated.

We keep getting pounded with the message that the polar bear is endangered, and how the melting ice is causing them to drown, starve, and eat each other.

FACTS: The current world polar bear population is probably 25,000 to 30,000. The Canadian population likely exceeds 15,000. The human hunter is the primary predator of the polar bear. In recent years, hunters throughout the world have killed fewer than 1,000 yearly. Between 500 and 600 of these are taken by Inuit and Amerindian hunters in Canada under a system of annual quotas that is reviewed annually in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006 he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.

He has also observed, however, how the melting of Arctic ice, supposedly threatening the survival of the bears, has rocketed to the top of the warmists’ agenda as their most iconic single cause. The famous photograph of two bears standing forlornly on a melting iceberg was produced thousands of times by Al Gore, the WWF and others as an emblem of how the bears faced extinction – until last year the photographer, Amanda Byrd, revealed that the bears, just off the Alaska coast, were in no danger. Her picture had nothing to do with global warming and was only taken because the wind-sculpted ice they were standing on made such a striking image.

Here’s a more recent photo showing they are doing just fine…


2 Responses to “Keeping The Polar Bear Myth Alive”

  1. Frances Says:

    We heard this report on CBC, followed by an indignant response from an Inuit to the effect that ‘canibalism happens and this is just another case of ignorant southerners making a fuss about nothing’. Actually, any look at animals will show you many instances of adult males killing cubs, usually so as to mate with their mothers. The canibalism bit is a new twist.

  2. Alfred B Says:

    Funny you bring this up.

    During a WWF commercial featuring some guy by the name of Noah Wyle (Don’t know him, but I would assume he’s an important enough guy in someone’s circle to pay to do this spot…), it was brought up that polar bears are hungry and dying off in record numbers, but giving the WWF my money (about $16/month) would stem a problem that nobody really even knows exists.

    I’m pretty sure Noah Wyle (Once again, whomever he is) does make weekly visits to the Arctic to keep an eye on things, though.

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