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Canadian government finds polar bear population up 163% since mid-1980s

Story here at the National Post. (H/T Neil’s Simpson’s round-up)

Excerpt:

The latest government survey of polar bears roaming the vast Arctic expanses of northern Quebec, Labrador and southern Baffin Island show the population of polar bears has jumped to 2,100 animals from around 800 in the mid-1980s.

As recently as three years ago, a less official count placed the number at 1,400.

The Inuit have always insisted the bears’ demise was greatly exaggerated by scientists doing projections based on fly-over counts, but their input was usually dismissed as the ramblings of self-interested hunters.

As Nunavut government biologist Mitch Taylor observed in a front-page story in the Nunatsiaq News last month, “the Inuit were right. There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears.”

Their widely portrayed lurch toward extinction on a steadily melting ice cap is not supported by bear counts in other Arctic regions either.

Meanwhile, Obama is in Copenhagen making speeches about myths.

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7 Responses

  1. Glenn says:

    I had a really scary dream about a polar bear last night.

    • I have a wildlife calendar up in my office. The animal for December was the polar bear. I read the description of polar bears and it turns out they are nasty, evil creatures. They stalk helpless, innocent seals and bite them on their heads!!! How awful. So, I don’t blame you.

  2. Sid says:

    Oh, there are so many of them that one even crept into Glenn’s dream? :P

  3. Richard Ball says:

    It’s all a dirty lie planted by AGW Deniers. I’m here in Toronto, and I can tell you the situation is desperate. There’s not a single polar bear in sight. Anywhere. It’s scary.

    Where have all the PBs gone, long time passing?
    Where have all the PBs gone, long time ago?
    Where have all the PBs gone, sunk on icebergs every one
    When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

    Bring back the folk singers. It’s time to renew the whole protest music thing, before we’re all submerged.

  4. Lew A says:

    Where did you get the 163% number?

    Lew

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