Remember All Those Reports About Dying Polar Bears?

You know, the reports that have been such a fad of late.. The ones claiming all the Polar Bears where going to die because of “Global Warming.” Here’s one from our friends at the New York Times:

Warming Is Seen as Wiping Out Most Polar Bears

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 — Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will disappear by 2050, even under moderate projections for shrinking summer sea ice caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, government scientists reported on Friday.

The only problem is, nobody told the Polar Bears:

Study shows polar bear increase in Davis Strait

IQALUIT – Climate change is not hurting polar bear populations in the Davis Strait area of Nunavut, according to Dr. Mitch Taylor, manager of wildlife research and a polar bear biologist with the GN’s

In fact, polar bear populations along the Davis Strait are healthy and their numbers increasing, an ongoing study is indicating.

Reports in national and international press have projected that two-thirds of the world’s polar bear populations will be lost within 50 years due to the loss of sea ice.

Canada has two thirds of the world’s polar bears. Nunavut is home to 12 of Canada’s 13 polar bear populations, totalling an estimated 14,780.

This study does not cover the entire population, but this area does cover the bulk of the whole Polar Bear population.

Last year 841 polar bears were counted in the survey area and halfway through this year’s survey, approximately 600 have been counted. Taylor estimates that this year’s number could be as high as 1,000. …

When he started working for the Department of Environment 12 years ago, Sowdlooapik said that only one or two polar bears would wander through Pangnirtung in a year. Now, he receives almost daily reports of polar bears in popular camping sites, in outpost camps, and in the vicinity of the community.

“We could be looking at the possibility of increasing (hunting) quotas,” Taylor said. “We are seeing high densities of bears in great shape.”

Currently Kimmirut has a hunting quota of four, Iqaluit 23, and Pangnirtung 19, for a total of 46 in the Davis Strait. Taylor claims that the numbers of polar bears are high, as they always have been, due to sound management practices.

“There are maybe even too many bears now,” he said.

Asked what should be done if the American government bans sports hunters from bringing polar bear hides and heads into the country, he said, “We’d probably respond by increasing harvesting rates so polar bears don’t become over abundant and become a safety issue.”

Look for this to get about as much media coverage as the record ice cap in Antarctica is getting.

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