Polar Bears and ISIS?

Bear with me. (This is just a mini-rant brought on by this. Skip it if you want)

 

Lets say ISIS takes 25,000 hostages. And then executes 1,000. And then ISIS broadcasts pictures of the survivors.

And then Obama goes on TV and notes that the survivors are sweating. He then blames the deaths on global warming.

Normal people would rightly claim he was insane because it wasn’t the heat that killed those hostages.

 

Well … there are 25,000 polar bears. Somewhere between 500 and 1,000 are shot each year by aboriginal hunters (or the people they guide for).

And the usual suspects (like Greenpeace and Obama and the whole climate change scam) blame it on global warming.

 

References:

Annual harvest is between 500 and 700 bears or 2-3% of the world population of about 25,000 bears and is thought to be sustainable.

Russians say Canadian documents help polar bear poachers

Hunting polar bear in the Arctic is a privilege that so few outdoorsman will ever have the chance of experiencing. All of our guides and guide helpers are Inuit and posses government certification on safety standards used when out on the land.The Inuit are the only people in Canada who can legally harvest a polar bear based on cultural and subsistence purposes and is done through strictly enforced regulations and highly monitored tag allocations. A sustainable harvest quota system set by Canadian scientists and local Inuit Wildlife Management Boards are based on the principles of conservation and aboriginal subsistence hunting, and are not market-driven. Measures are in place to allow a limited number of polar bear tags from the overall annual harvest quota to be allocated for non-Aboriginal hunters thereby not affecting the management objectives and conservation of the species.

All the meat derived from a sport hunted polar bear goes directly to the Inuit guide and his family or the community food bank.

Hunters in Quebec have killed 12 times the usual number of polar bears they harvest in southern Hudson Bay this winter, leading a Canadian polar bear researcher to wonder if soaring prices for polar bear hides are to blame.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Polar Bears and ISIS?

  1. I recently extensively researched the topic of polar bear populations and alarmist claims that a stable or increasing population is false. Well, to distill it down into a nutshell, no one really knows. Not only on whether or not the population in Canada is stable or increasing (Russian sub-groups are even less researched) but even what the presumed population is, was, or safe to harvest.

    Experts use a highly complicated model of trapped/tagged and harvested animals’ age, sex, and location to estimate a population for each of Canada’s 12 sub-groups rather than any kind of direct observation. Those estimates are then used to calculate a “safe” harvest limit of the presumed overall population. Those animals that are trapped and tracked are used to estimate ranges and whether each regional polar bear subpopulation is distinct or interconnected. Neither the models nor trapped bears do a good job of answering that very fundamental question. If each sub-group was distinct, harvest estimates might have to be revised downward to ensure a viable genetic pool. If they are connected, however, then the models used to estimate the polar bear population as a whole might not only overestimate their total population but also a safe harvest quota.

    In other words, despite lacking any real-world data, polar bear “experts” have concocted a theoretical population of the animals and theoretical estimates on where they exist, where they travel, whether or not they maintain distinct sub-populations, and a “safe” limit for Inuit harvest. And for good measure, they also throw in that climate change is negatively affecting their health and viability as a species. In the meantime, virtually no research has been done on the polar bears’ primary food source (ringed seals) and what their population is: steady, declining, or increasing. A population of 25,000 polar bears require ~900,000 seals, mostly pups, per year to raise their young. Estimates of the ringed seal population is around 4 million. Thus, nearly 23% mortality rates in ringed seals is required to simply maintain the polar bear as a species. But what if the ringed seal population is declining? That would directly translate into less availability of the species as a food source for the biggest Arctic predator, and lowered survivability of cubs into adulthood. Maybe that’s what’s going on — a decline in the food source for polar bears — rather than polar bears not being able to reach their food source due to a thinning Arctic ice pack. Except no one knows because it’s not being studied.

    If anyone — and I mean anyone — tries to tell you that they know the “facts” about historical polar bear populations or what they are today, tell them that they’re at best making an educated guess based solely on a computer algorithm and not hard data.

    1. The comments on the bleaching of the GBR are also a load of UNMITIGATED RUBBISH.

      The GBR bleaching was only of surface coral, due to the lack of water movement from the El Nino, and the lower than usually rainfall this year.
      This allows the SUN to heat up the coral, and the coral inhabitants take a holiday.

      Reports now are that the water has cooled again , and the bleached areas are rapidly revitalising as the inhabitants recolonise, more abundant , and more varied than ever.
      Bleaching is a NATURAL and REGULAR occurrence on the GBR, and has been for a long, long time.

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