For 15 years, Irish anthropologist Martina Tyrrell has studied the relationship between humans and animals in Arviat, an Inuit community on the west coast of Hudson Bay, where the townspeople are increasingly having to cope with a large and dangerous visitor – the polar bear. It’s a Sunday afternoon in mid-October. I’m standing near the […]

via The White Bears are Back. — Old Guv Legends

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A man from Naujaat, Nunavut (formerly Repulse Bay) has been killed by a polar bear and her cub, and his two hunting companions injured. The party was found today by a search and rescue team on White Island, southeast of Naujaat after they were reported overdue home on Sunday. A total of five bears were […]

via Breaking news: One hunter killed, two injured in polar bear attack in Foxe Basin — polarbearscience

At the end of June, there were nine bears remaining from the original 14 that were tagged with glue-on ear transmittors in April 2018 near Kaktovik, Alaska by US Geological Survey biologists. Below is the June 2018 tracking map (high resolution image is here): Original caption: “Movements of 9 satellite-tagged polar bears for the month […]

via Tracking polar bears in the Beaufort Sea May and June updates — Iowa Climate Science Education

The Washington Post reports on the Interior Department’s plan to rush through approval for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge raising concerns about the protection of this environmentally fragile are. The Interior Department has commissioned an expedited environmental review of the impact of leasing part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and […]

via Drilling In Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Will Get Fast Review — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports The Interior Department on Thursday proposed the most sweeping set of changes in decades to the Endangered Species Act, the law that brought the bald eagle and the Yellowstone grizzly bear back from the edge of extinction but which Republicans say is cumbersome and restricts economic development. The proposed revisions […]

via Interior Department Proposes Severely Weakening Endangered Species Act — Natural History Wanderings

POLAR BEAR POPULATIONS…

My new report reveals that polar bears are doing well despite recent reductions in sea-ice. It shows in details why this is so, with summaries of critical recent research. Press release and pdf below. And read my op-ed in the National Post here.

via State of the Polar Bear Report 2017 shows polar bears are thriving — polarbearscience