This cute lil’ polar bear story just keeps living on and on. Fact is, the enviro groups that sued to make this happen have achieved a measure of what they set out to do. With the complicity of their unwitting — and spectacularly un-inquisitive — friends in the Fourth Estate, they have gained real mileage out of this story.
But there are some fact-based skeptics — in case anyone’s interested in the facts. Thanks to Iain Murray over at CEI for calling our attention to this piece from Dr. Mitchell Taylor, a polar bear biologist (didn’t know there was such a thing, but any enviro reporter worth their salt should have checked) with the Department of Environment in Nunavut, site of all the hub-bub. Here’s what he has to say:
“Of the 13 populations of polar bears in Canada , 11 are stable or increasing in number. They are not going extinct, or even appear to be affected at present.
It is noteworthy that the neighbouring population of southern Hudson Bay does not appear to have declined, and another southern population ( Davis Strait ) may actually be over-abundant.
I understand that people who do not live in the north generally have difficulty grasping the concept of too many polar bears in an area. People who live here have a pretty good grasp of what that is like to have too many polar bears around.
This complexity is why so many people find the truth less entertaining than a good story. It is entirely appropriate to be concerned about climate change, but it is just silly to predict the demise of polar bears in 25 years based on media-assisted hysteria.” (Emphasis ours.)
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