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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Too many polar bears

In the 1960s, the world was down to its last 5,000 polar bears. Russia and the United States -- along with other nations -- agreed to stop hunting them except for subsistence by Eskimos and the like.

Now we are up to our eyeballs in polar bears.

Contrary to the alarmism by the global warming crowd, we have 28,500 polar bears.

There are signs of overpopulation with reports of starving polar bears, and the fact that these ice bears are traveling further south in the quest for food.

When animals invade the space of man, bad things happen.

"Less than a month after a fatal polar bear attack near Arviat, Western Hudson Bay, European media reported this morning that one of two German polar bear guards escorting a group of tourists on a shore visit in northern Svalbard was mauled on 28 July by a polar bear before the second guard could kill it," Polar Bear Science reported.

The overpopulation of polar bears is something seldom discussed publicly. Too many people make too much money off the fib that polar bears will become extinct, which actually would not be a bad idea. We seem to get along just fine without the sabertooth tiger.

Five years ago, Zac Unger traveled to Churchill, Canada, to write a book about the extinction of polar bears.

"My humble plan was to become a hero of the environmental movement," Unger told NPR in 2013.

But the extinction of polar bears was greatly exaggerated.

"So when I got up there, I started realizing polar bears were not in as bad a shape as the conventional wisdom had led me to believe, which was actually very heartening, but didn't fit well with the book I'd been planning to write," Unger said.

Unger discovered that we have more polar bears than we had a few decades ago. Way more.

"In 1973, there was a global hunting ban. So once hunting was dramatically reduced, the population exploded. This is not to say that global warming is not real or is not a problem for the polar bears. But polar bear populations are large, and the truth is that we can't look at it as a monolithic population that is all going one way or another," Unger said.

Then there are alligators.

"An estimated 5 million American alligators are spread out across the southeastern United States. Roughly 1.25 million alligators live in the state of Florida," according to Defenders of Wildlife.

We're not gonna run out of them any time soon.

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19 comments:

  1. What is a good number for polar bears? 5000 is low, but it might not have been as bad as they wanted to make it sound. Polar bears can interbreed with grizzly bears, but the two groups get along about as well as black and white southerners did in the 60's.
    What about the seals? I thought liberals loved seals. Polar bears eat seals! Liberals need to make up their minds. The thing killing most wildlife is other wild life. Polar bears aint much on tofu.

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  2. We should start hunting Democrats. Only don't stop when they near extinction.

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    1. Only when they migrate to D.C.

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    2. Polar bears. Democrats. Some disassembly required.

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  3. I've lived in Alaska and I've lived in Florida. I can survive just fine without polar bears and alligators. They are not only a nuisance, they can be deadly. I won't miss them. Some critters deserve extinction. - Elric

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  4. I remember the picture of the polar bear floating on a piece of ice. It was supposed to show that the ice had broken off of a landmass and the poor stranded bear was doomed, all due to global warming. They do not mention that polar bears are great swimmers that can swim 50 or miles in open water,

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    1. I'm pretty sure that was Al Gore wearing a polar bear costume.

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    2. “Al Gore wearing a polar bear costume.”

      White whale costume, more like. That dude’s a danger to shipping.

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  5. The solution to any animal crisis is the hourly airing of a weepy music and sad voiced narrated TV commercial. Oh, and also a $19 per month auto-debit on your credit card.

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    1. Yes, it's always $19 a month that cure everything.

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    2. If only it was once an hour.

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    3. If the environmentalist did get the donations they would actually have to work for a living.
      They can't run around telling you how stupid you are on your dollar.
      They might become extinct but the world would not miss there carping much.

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  6. Environmentalism has become a cult. Any effort to manage wildlife or the environment in a balanced manner is considered heresy.

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  7. Grizzly bears in the Rockies have also proliferated like rabbits and need to be hunted and thinned out.

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    1. It used to be rare for a Grizzly to kill a human here in Yellowstone. Now it seems like a yearly event.

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    2. “Now it seems like a yearly event.”

      Even since recreating became a crime, presumably.

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  8. "We seem to get along just fine without the sabertooth tiger."

    IMHO we can get along just fine without any predator capable of eating human beings. The gator population in Florida is insane.

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    1. Oh, I dunno- a few sabertooth tigers in Sacramento and San Fransicko might do wonders for California. Wouldn't hurt to try!

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