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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Where Do Polar Bears Live?

Not in the part of ANWR we need to drill in! But the people who would have you pilot wind cars and live in huts will lead you to believe that they are roaming potential oil fields and drowning themselves in the ocean at the though of seeing an oil rig.
I for one, want to drive my gas powered truck, mow with my gas powered riding lawn tractor, clean the driveway with my gas powered blower and so on. If I wanted to live in a turd world country riding a goat I would move to that place. But this is America; The cleanest industrialized nation in the world. And in order to stay that way we must use any and all of our resources; coal, nuke, wind, natural gas, oil. Everything needs to be on the table. So get the tree huggers and wussies out of the way and drill like the majority of Americans want!

Polar bears are found throughout the circumpolar Arctic on pack ice, along or near coasts, and on islands. They share this habitat with indigenous peoples, and animals such as ringed seals, arctic foxes, narwhal, beluga whales, and millions of migratory birds.

There are believed to be 20-25,000 polar bears worldwide, and about 60% of these are in Canada. Tracks have been reported as far north as the pole, but scientists believe few bears travel beyond 82° north latitude.

As for the population of the bears, scientist admit they don't know.
Trends in polar bear subpopulations

The IUCN-PBSG report (2006), brings together the latest information on the trend and status of the 19 polar bear subpopulations.

Some subpopulations are in decline...
According to the report, 5 subpopulations are in decline, 5 are stable and there is insufficient data on the other subpopulations to make an assessment.

...and may continue to decline
In the next 10 years, it is estimated that 5 polar bear subpopulations have a high to very high risk of decline, 6 have a low to very low risk and there is currently no estimate for 8 subpopulations.

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