One hunter was quoted in a Wildlife Board report saying there’s no “shortage” of polar bears and that “they’re (polar bears) not going extinct.”, The Wildlife Board report also claimed, “Many participants were very concerned about perspectives from outside Nunavik that polar bears are endangered elsewhere.”. Bottom line: Government interference in this matter of animal conservation and traditional Inuit hunting rights puts political objectives over carefully considered science. Polar bears are thriving: Polar bear numbers could easily exceed 40,000, up from a low point of 10,000 or fewer in the 1960s. The dispute was about Inuit treaty rights vs. conservation concerns regarding sustainable harvest levels, not conservation impacts from climate change, and the decision did not resolve the issues of sex-selective harvesting and defense of life kills counting against harvest quotas. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have used the polar bear population as evidence of the effect of climate change. Having a government minister step in and make a decision to reduce hunting quotas across the board (as appears to be the case, if not I will correct) undermines the COSEWIC decision process and tramples Inuit rights for no other reason than to score political points. Commenters who employ what we deem extreme vulgarity in a comment — “s***,” “f***,” “a*******,” or one of their many variants — will be banned without further notice. They have also engaged in a relentless smear campaign in an attempt to silence her in order to protect the story of a polar bear catastrophe, and the funding that comes with it. one to watch). Please donate today! I apologize for the misinterpretation. In response, Inuit groups have submitted affidavits in federal court stating that polar bears are thriving. Inscription on the Liberty Bell. Sex-selective harvesting is still an issue for many Inuit (in part because the intent of this rule is to allow the population to grow). They have a new mascot currently meeting Hollywood has been’s . Biologists at COSEWIC announced in December 2018 that the polar bear is not threatened or endangered but remains a species of “special concern” (i.e. From the Toronto Sun (4 November 2019): ‘ NOT GOING EXTINCT’: Court documents claim Canadian polar bear population is thriving [my bold] “Inuit have not noticed a significant decline in the health of the polar bears,” the director of wildlife management for the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board wrote in a court affidavit. Inuit management boards since 2011 had set voluntary hunting quotas. All of the following about Minister McKenna is still true, although not relevant to this case: the “conservation concerns” cited in the news reports above were clearly about sustainable hunting, not climate change impacts. The Inuit fight in Canada with the federal government over polar bear conservation status continues. Crockford also describes how, despite the good news, polar bear specialists have consistently tried to low-ball polar bear population figures. “Inuit have not noticed a significant decline in the health of the polar bears,” the director of wildlife management for the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board wrote in a court affidavit. Polar bear numbers could easily exceed 40,000, up from a low point of 10,000 or fewer in the 1960s.In The Polar Bear Catastrophe that Never Happened, a book published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), Dr Susan Crockford uses the latest data as well as revisiting some of the absurd values used in official estimates, and concludes that polar bears are actually thriving: As are its impacts. In addition, the requirement that defense-of-life-and-property kills should always count against the harvest quota is an issue that is, Western Hudson Bay freeze-up earlier than average for 1980s for the third year in a row, Some surprises in polar bear sea ice habitat at mid-October 2020, S. 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Of course, success stories are the last things liberals want to hear, unless they relate to Cuba or Venezuela. Fat healthy polar bears from Southern Hudson Bay, From the Toronto Sun (4 November 2019): ‘NOT GOING EXTINCT’: Court documents claim Canadian polar bear population is thriving [my bold]. A coffee table book by Christmas ? The polar bear population is increasing according to federal affidavits submitted by Inuit groups, Blacklock’s Reporter reports. A recent decline in numbers in that population was not statistically significant but another test suggested the decline might be real, so the population was deemed to have declined. Why global warming would be harmful to polar bears was never persuasively explained, nor was there any explanation of how the bears had survived many climatic changes over hundreds of thousands of years. Note that the decision described in this court decision was based on the results of the 2011-2012 SH survey. “In fact, Nunavik Inuit report that it is rare to see a skinny bear and most bears are observed to be healthy,” the affidavit read. Minister McKenna (recently re-elected for another four years) was taken in by the infamous National Geographic bogus ‘starving’ polar bear video of 2017 (see below). How Do We Know the Hunter/Joe Biden Documents Are Real? A bit more detail was available in the original report filed at Blacklock’s Reporter (4 November 2019, restricted content), my bold: “Affidavits were submitted in an Inuit challenge of Department of Environment cuts to voluntary hunting quotas. This arbitrary political decision by the government undermines the scientific assessment done by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and tramples Inuit rights. Polar bear populations can be very susceptible to drastic year-to-year changes in conditions, he said. Almost everywhere polar bears come into contact with people, they are much more common than they used to be. I wrote about it here. If this is an accurate summary of the situation it is a travesty of government interference over science – it is not: the court documents (82 pages long) are available online here and in pdf form here. The legal dispute was over the Minister’s decision to reduce the SH harvest quota from 28-23 (shared among the aboriginal stakeholder in SH, Inuit and Cree) and a requirement of sex-selective harvest (2 males for every female), with a note added that all bears shot in defense of life or property would count against the limit of 23. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Liberals apparently chose the polar bear as a poster child for global warming because the bears are considered cute, although no one who had a close encounter with a polar bear would describe it that way. the notion of a coming climate change apocalypse after 12 years, The dispute between Inuit and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has not been materially resolved or hampered by this case. Susan Crockford a world expert on Polar bears says the same thing only she got fired for telling the truth . Many thanks to Donna LaFramboise for passing it along! All the more for the glossy book release You Ruined My Dreams . NOT GOING EXTINCT’: Court documents claim Canadian polar bear population is thriving, – it is not: the court documents (82 pages long) are available online, Note that the decision described in this court decision was based on the results of the, This was not the case: the decision to reduce quotas was not across the board, it involved. 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The fact is that in the 1960s we had no idea how many polar bears there were. Polar bear science has come a long way since then. The Inuit challenge was ultimately dismissed. Websites, Claims Of Dramatic Great Barrier Reef Loss Are False, 97% – Myth of the Climate Change Consensus, Aliens Cause Global Warming by Michael Crichton, Why CO2 Is A Minor Player In Global Climate, Climate Change Fears Are Empirically Baseless, Fact-Checking Al Gore’s Latest Predictions. “Inuit have not noticed a significant decline in the health of the polar bears,” the director of wildlife management for the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board wrote in a court affidavit. As are its impacts. “All interviews conducted in the Southern Hudson Bay communities shared the view the population grew somewhat from the 1960s until the 1980s, and that a continued increase has been very noticeable since that time,” the report said. Environment Canada cited “conservation concerns” as justification for the cuts. In any event, it’s time to call the whole thing off. According to survey results from 2016 only recently made public, about 2937 bears (1522-5944) currently inhabit the region, making this the largest subpopulation in the Arctic. Well if the Inuit say the bears are OK that is pretty much the end of that mascot There's a new lie being spread by conservatives and those who continue to deny climate change stating that polar bear populations are on the rise. The Inuit challenge was ultimately dismissed. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Written by Aidan Wallace on Nov 5, 2019. One hunter was quoted in a Wildlife Board report saying there’s no “shortage” of polar bears and that “they’re (polar bears) not going extinct.”, The Wildlife Board report also claimed, “Many participants were very concerned about perspectives from outside Nunavik that polar bears are endangered elsewhere.”.
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