May 16, 2008

Polar bears wanted dead, not alive

U.S. polar bear decision condemned in NorthCondemnation came swiftly from Canada's North to Wednesday's decision by the U.S. government to list polar bears as a threatened species, as Inuit groups and northern politicians denounced the bears' new status.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne made the announcement in Washington on Wednesday, saying the decision was based on findings that bears' Arctic sea ice habitat has dramatically melted in recent decades.

While environmental activists applauded the move, people in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories say it runs contrary to observations by Inuit that polar bear populations are on the rise in some areas.

The decision will also effectively kill the American sport hunt that brings more than $3 million a year to the Canadian Arctic.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Past ice ages created both the polar bears AND the Caucasian race, but interglacial warming itself may not be enough actually to drive either evolutionary form toward true extinction. Interglacial times only have preceded other glacial periods or epochs. Humans perceive geology basically in terms of their own lifespans and thus cannot truly sense that geologic forces grind exceedingly slowly but also exceedingly fine...
All Best
Russ Bates