Polar Bears Are a Pest ‚Äì Time to End Their ‘Threatened’ Status

Earlier this week, as I’m sure you know, was International Polar Bear Day. Usually I celebrate by tossing a well-marinaded bear haunch onto the barbecue ‚Äì note to novices: DO NOT eat the liver. It’s poisonous ‚Äì  but I couldn’t this year because of pesky global cooling, so instead, I sat indoors by the fire and drank a toast to the world’s exploding polar bear population which has now reached record highs of 30,000.

30,000 polar bears is a lot. As someone else remarked (remind me where and I’ll link to it), when Al Gore was born the population was just 5,000. Even as recently as 2005 it was estimated at no more than 22,500.

When the population of something explodes six-fold in 70 years that’s a sign that it’s doing pretty well, right? In fact, frankly, at that point it ceases to be a species in any kind of danger and starts to look more like a pest.

So why do the greenies persist in treating it like it’s a rare and precious species on the verge of extinction due to man’s selfishness and greed (TM)?

This is the question asked and answered by the best short video you will ever see about the polar bear non-problem.

It has been made by Canadian polar bear expert Susan Crockford for the Global Warming Policy Foundation and it calls for the US Administration to reassess the polar bear’s (utterly bogus) classification as a “threatened” species.

As the film makes clear, the polar bear is not “threatened” and hasn’t been for many decades (not since hunting was mostly banned). When in May 2008 the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act this was a political gesture not a scientific one.

The flimsy justification for the polar bear’s “threatened” status was the dramatic decline in summer sea ice which ‚Äì so the fashionable theory ran ‚Äì would render polar bears unable to feed because whenever they pursued seals they’d collapse through the thin ice.

This is a plausible theory so long as you know nothing about the feeding habits, behaviour and seasonal cycle of polar bears.

Polar bears, it turns out, do most of their feeding in early spring when they consume 8 months’ worth of their total food needs.

Mostly, they eat ring seals which are abundant in spring but have largely disappeared from the bears’ hunting grounds by summer, leaving only the lest tasty and harder-to-catch adult bearded and harp seals.

You might think that polar bear experts would know such fairly basic stuff. It’s not like polar bears have radically changed their behaviour over the last few millennia. But instead, just like their counterparts in the field of climate “science”, most of the experts ‚Äì Susan Crockford being a rare exception ‚Äì preferred to put their faith in computer models.

According to this modelling polar bears would face a dramatic population decline in response to diminishing summer sea ice levels. Well of course: garbage in, garbage out. If your models are predicated on an untruth – that polar bears are reliant for their survival on summer sea ice – then clearly what they will prove is nonsense.

Inevitably ‚Äì again, just like the climate alarmists’ models of runaway global warming ‚Äì the polar bear population decline models have now hit the brick wall of reality.

Far from falling, the latest observational research has shown, polar bear populations have increased.

This has been most especially the case in the two eco-regions where “experts” predicted that dramatic decline due to summer sea ice levels. Between 2005 and 2015 the population grew by 3,000.

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    png down

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    I have never heard about polar bear is no longer a ‚Äúthreatened‚Äù species 😮 Thank you for sharing the post!

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    Amber

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    Polar bears eat most of their food in the spring because Al Gore said there was going to be no ice left in the summer . They aren’t just pretty faces .
    Over 30.000 polar bears and less than 2, 000 giant pandas . Hmm and the green blob
    thinks China is a roll model despite assuring the world of no emission reductions till after 2025 once they have stripped away most of what remains of North American manufacturing . Thank God for Trump . At least he will try to defend USA interests instead of play golf over 300 times during his time in office like Obama . Busy, busy
    while doubling the national debt to $20 Trillion , letting immigration get out of control and fleecing tax payers to transfer hundreds of $millions to the globalization industry at the UN . And the MSM response ?… When is the next cocktail party ?

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    Rahul

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    Wow, do you readers still not track down the sources, in an age of fake news? Your blog twisted the findings from the original report all in the name of climate denial and fake news. The values shown here, and in the actual report are NOT a total population estimate, but an estimate of 10/19 polar bear sub-populations that so far have sufficient data. Three out of the 19 sub-populations were added and/or more fully surveyed in this round (“adjusted to account for recent survey of BS, BB, and KB” – source below).

    The actual study can be found here: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22823/0

    Real findings: “The PBSG summarized the best-available scientific information on the status of the 19 subpopulations of Polar Bears in 2014 (PBSG 2015) including an assessment of current trend (i.e., estimated change in population size over a 12-year period, centred on the time of assessment). The PBSG concluded that one subpopulation (M‚ÄôClintock Channel) has increased, six were stable (Davis Strait, Foxe Basin, Gulf of Boothia, Northern Beaufort Sea, Southern Hudson Bay, and Western Hudson Bay), three were considered to have declined (Baffin Bay, Kane Basin, and Southern Beaufort Sea) and, for the remaining nine (Arctic Basin, Barents Sea, Chukchi Sea, East Greenland, Kara Sea, Lancaster Sound, Laptev Sea, Norwegian Bay, and Viscount Melville Sound) there were insufficient data to provide an assessment of current trend. The type, precision, and time span of data used to estimate trends varies among subpopulations (PBSG 2015).”

    So, based on subpopulation data so far, more polar bear populations are declining than rising – but since new populations are still be surveyed (aka we DO NOT have a full total yet), the population number will still increase for some time.

    Get the facts.

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    4TimesAYear

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    They probably should be hunting more of them. A quote I recently came across points out something I’ve been aware of – and I don’t think environmentalists ask about often. They only think of increasing the population and preserving them – yet you cannot have very many of these large predators.
    “The general proportion that must obtain between certain groups of animals is readily seen. Large animals cannot be so abundant as small ones; the carnivora must be less numerous than the herbivora; eagles and lions can never be so plentiful as pigeons and antelopes; the wild asses of the Tartarian deserts cannot equal in numbers the horses of the more luxuriant prairies and pampas of America….” Alfred Russell Wallace
    https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/people/about-darwin/origin-species/alfred-russel-wallace-s-essay-varieties

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    ninetyninepct

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    Could somebody please tell Trudeau? That airbrain thinks all wildlife is disappearing and that the climate will stop changing if we give him all our money.

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