Endangered Polar Bear Population Increasing Exponentially

If polar bears had any clue of the scale of speculation about the extinction threat they are facing due to climate change, they would have probably said “you’re kidding, right?”

If you think statistics are a pointer towards the growth or decline of a species, it will be interesting to have a look at the estimates published in a report by U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, in 2008. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, up from as low as 5,000-10,000 bears in the 1950s and 1960s.  A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey of wildlife in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain noted that the polar bear populations ‘may now be near historic highs.'”



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15 Responses to Endangered Polar Bear Population Increasing Exponentially

  1. Beowulf1005 says:

    Is that why so many of them have to swim so, so far, because there’s so many of them?

    • suyts says:

      After protection laws were passed back in the 50 and 60s, the bear population pretty much jumped to 20,000 -25,000. I believe its been in that range since the 80s. I further believe this is the saturation point. Anymore would either be harmful to the bears in competition for food, or they’ll expand their menu.

      • Latitude says:

        You’re right…….
        Bears populate the shoreline, not inland

        When they run out of habitat, the population has to stabilize….

        The only other solution is that they find and adapt to more habitat ….
        ….which they are also doing

      • suyts says:

        I’m worried that we’re going to over protect these critters much like Kansas does deer. They’re actually herding at times. They’ll come to a farmers field and destroy/eat his crops. They are a horrible road hazard.

        Polly bears won’t come to humans to eat their crops. I believe they’ll be looking for something a bit higher in fat and protein content.

    • NoMoreGore says:

      Nah, It’s because Ursus Maritimus loves the water.

  2. Grumpy Grampy ;) says:

    That is even with one in twentyfive being killed for sport. One thousand polar bears are killed each year by natives because it is part of their “Cultural Heritage” and how they make money. Past increases are due to restrictions being placed on hunting and “Improved” climate conditions during the period.

  3. gator69 says:

    Oh noes! Climate refugees! Now we will have to worry about seal populations.

    • A polar bear is driving to Tucson when his oil light comes on. Thinking quickly, he pulls into a convenient nearby garage, and (it being Arizona in summer) runs over to the Kwik-E-Mart and grabs all the ice-cream sandwiches and gobbles them down. By the time he gets back the mechanic is just crawling out from under the car.
      Mechanic: “It looks like you blew a seal.”
      Polar Bear: “No, no! That’s just ice cream!”

      • gator69 says:

        There was a little itty bitty baby Polar Bear, who said to his mother one day, “Mom, am I really a Polar Bear?”
        His mother laughed and playfully nudged him along with her head.
        “Of course you’re a Polar Bear, sweetie.”
        “Oh, ok,” said the little bear; but he wasn’t quite convinced. So after a while he asked again,
        “Mommy? Am I really a Polar Bear? Really, really?”
        “Why, don’t be silly, sweetheart. You’re a bear.”
        “How do you know, Mommy? How do you know I’m really, really a Polar Bear?”
        “Well, sweetie, it’s like this: I’m a Polar Bear, your father is a Polar Bear — so naturally, you’re a Polar Bear, too. Ok?”
        “Yes! Really! Now run along and play!”
        So the baby Polar Bear wandered away and tried to play happily with the other cubs. But later, as soon as he saw his father, he ran up to him, and asked in his most polite little itty Polar Bear manner,
        “Daddy, am I really a Polar Bear?”
        “What? ‘Course you are. What else would you be?”
        “Oh, I dunno — I — ” the little Polar Bear faltered, unsure of himself. “I just wondered, you know, if I was — if maybe there had been — you know?”
        “No, I have no idea. What on earth are you talking about?”
        “– I just — I mean, really really?”
        “Oh, get out of my face, Kiddo — you’re a Polar Bear. You’re white, aren’t you?”
        “Well, I — oh yes, look — I’m white.”
        “Ok, case closed. Run along.”
        So the little Polar Bear wandered away. . .
        . . . and he wandered and he wondered; but still he wasn’t happy. So he went back to his mother, and he snuggled his head against her fur, and said,
        “Mommy, I just wanted to ask you. . . ”
        “What is it?”
        “I was just wondering. . .you would tell me, wouldn’t you?
        “Tell you what?”
        “If I wasn’t — I mean, if there was something — ”
        “What, pet?”
        “Am I really really — really and truly a Polar Bear?”
        His mother had had enough.
        “Yes! You’re a Polar Bear! For cryin’ out loud, what is the matter with you? Why do you keep asking such a silly question?”
        And the little itty bitty Polar Bear looked up at his mom with his big, sad eyes, and said,
        “Because. . . because. . . . . . I’m FUCKING FREEZING, OK?”

  4. If the world keeps warming, Moscow will be inundated in indigent poley bears in 30 years.

  5. Kaboom says:

    Quick, someone check if polar bear numbers correlate with the temperature record. They may in fact be the cause of all the arctic warming (by way of body heat).

  6. omnologos says:

    them bears are heavy, they’d been breaking up lil’ ice floes alright

  7. TinyCO2 says:

    Some interesting info about the Monnett investigation.


    “The letter asked Monnett to meet government investigators on 9 August. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Peer), which is acting as Monnett’s defence team, said Monnett will be asked about his compliance with government contracting regulations as well as his relationship with the lead researcher, a reputed polar bear scientist, Andrew Derocher.”

    Dr Andrew Derocher (et al) was the guy who stopped his former Uni tutor Dr Mitchell Taylor from attending an important meeting because of his AGW sceptic views.


  8. Blade says:

    “Endangered Polar Bear Population Increasing Exponentially”

    Even in Germany …

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