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The Nearly Extinct Polar Bear…

December 11th, 2008

I am sure that you all heard that it is illegal to bring a polar bear carcass back into the United States because organizations such as the WWF have convinced the government that polar bears are a threatened species.  Today, while having an old episode of Home Improvement playing in the background in my office, I heard Noah Wyle’s voice in a most somber and serious state.  Here is the video:

There it is.  Polar bears are going to be extinct (or nearly so) within the lifetime of our children.  No wonder they have been labeled as threatened.  The problem with this theory is that it ignores the facts.

The fact of the matter is that there are more polar bears in existence now than there have been since monitoring has started.  According to this article on the National Post, polar bears have actually been doing quite well.  Numbers have been increasing at an unprecedented rate.  In fact, the Inuit have tried to tell government agencies that the bears are doing much better than all the government counts have indicated, but of course the government is always right.  They have written the Inuits off as “self interested hunters.”

What is really aggravating about that last statement is that we as hunters are often written off as “self interested hunters.”  Amazingly, when it comes to conservation, we “self interested hunters” are far more active, and effective than the government agencies.  I am tired of the disrespect shown to those of us who really do much on the conservation front.

Folks, we do need to all we can for wildlife, especially those animals that are truly endangered.  But, that is simply not the case for the polar bears.  In this video, there are several myths that are being propagated by those who have money to push an environmental agenda.  For example, the video states that the ice is melting (along with videos that seem to show two polar bears trapped on ice, surrounded by the ocean) at a fast rate, leaving no place for the poor polar bears.  The polar ice cap has actually been expanding over the last few years.  This is to be expected with the normal fluctuations of global temperatures.  Sometimes the ice melts, sometimes it increases.  The video indicates that bear numbers are plummeting.  This is not true, as has already been pointed out.  The number of bears has been on the increase for many years now.  The video indicates that “food is getting harder to find.”   Again, this is not true.  The only areas in which it is true is the areas where bears are overpopulated.  Like any species, when overpopulation occurs, competition for food increases.

By the way, that video includes the same bears that have shown up in every “polar bear ad” for the last several years.  A mother and cub on a piece of ice, seemingly stranded.  What is left out is that polar bears can swim for “many hours” at a time.  The longest swim on record for an individual bear is 100KM (about 62 miles), but most believe that a bear could go much further than that.  I have read (though I can’t find the source right now) that a bear can swim 200 miles.  I don’t think mama and cub are stranded, as those who shot the video want you to believe.

I think you all know I am for conservation.  I am, however, tired of the “wacko” groups driving the conservation movements.  Put it in the hands of those who have the ability to examine the populations, and make rational decisions based on facts, not on agendas!

3 Responses to “The Nearly Extinct Polar Bear…”

  1. Amen Kris. What a great post. It seems Hollywood will grab up any “cause” as long as they feel it fits their agenda. Facts don’t matter to them, because they use their money as blinders, and try to push for what they really want – which is for hunting to stop and for Global Warming to be fact.

    I tend – like you – to rely on facts and science for the base of my opinions on things such as this. But Hollywood tends to do things differently.

    Great post.

  2. *Gag*!

    What a brilliant way to raise money though – I’ll have to remember that next time I need some cash, all I have to do is air an advertisement about how polar bears and going extinct and we need your money now. Sure to be a lot of whacks out there that just dumped a bunch of money because of that ad – it’s basically fraud and theft.

  3. I find it interesting (and maddening) that Hollywood liberals love to cherry-pick their facts–and causes. They love to point out (and distort) only things that fit their cause and tug at the heartstrings. It is unfortunate that they control the majority of the media in this country. There are conservatives in Hollywood, but they have been silenced out of fear of not getting work in their fields. Isn’t that the same thing THEY accuse conservatives doing? Wouldn’t they be the first to cry “Hate speech!”? I heard recently that the polar ice caps on Mars is melting. I guess the Rover unit we sent there is putting out massive amounts of carbon these days. Most logical-thinking people would figure out that the common cause may be solar activity. But not Hollywood liberals! We evil humans MUST be the cause. Somehow we have affected the sun as well! By the way, your blogs have been excellent teaching tools for my children. Emily now has more ammunition for science discussions. Thanks!!

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