Just throw in bucket-fulls of grant money, try and link polar bear decline to that all important liberal heart tig lies, and presto. A big research community is created, and sometimes the results aren’t what government wanted when it granted out all that money in the first place.
Did you know polar bears have been around for only about 250,000 years. And did you know they are basically brown bears who moved north, and turned white because the color change made seal hunting easier? Species have been doing these sort of migration and evolution thing since the beginning.
And did you know why their species declined? Simple really hunting by humans. Seems man does not like too many big scary animals around. In 1973, the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears was signed by all five nations whose territory is inhabited by polar bears Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Member countries agreed to place restrictions on recreational and commercial hunting, ban hunting from aircraft and icebreakers, and conduct further research.
Before then it was basically anything goes.
After the 1973 treaty, polar bear numbers started steadily increasing.
So tell me, why is anybody surprised, at least why do the feign surprise. Don’t they know? Read the rest with the above facts in mind. Remember these polar bear researchers are supposedly the experts.
Onward … The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.
The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear sub populations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it’s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.
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