Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 56 – 2020

South / North

Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 55 – 2020

South / North

Polar Bears Are Doing Fine – Except For the Ones Who Are Shot – Especially the Bigger Ones

Selectively shooting the big males (because the pelts bring more money) is bad.

However, trophy hunting can have a detrimental effect on polar bears based on the example of a sub-population in the area of Melville Island and northern Victoria Island. Liodden attributed a substantial drop in male numbers between the mid-1970s and early 1990s to sports hunts combined with regular harvests. Eighty-four of the animals were shot by trophy hunters between 1982-’91, according to Liodden

Polar bear harvests are co-managed in Nunavut by the Department of Environment and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. The total number of bears killed in 2017-18, the most recent available through government statistics, was 417 out of 484 permitted. Of those, 62 were sports hunts.