February 8, 2013
According to the world’s leading polar bear scientists, Polar bear populations in the arctic may have to be subjected to “intentional population reduction” in order to ensure “a viable but smaller polar bear population.”
Already having to suffer its identity being abused by global warming alarmists as a symbol of manmade climate change, now the polar bear may have to fear being euthanized by overzealous conservationists.
A dozen academics, described by Yale’s environmental magazine as “the world’s leading polar bear scientists”, published an article in an environmental conservation paper in which they stress that the time is nigh to euthanize polar bear populations in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Norway, and Russia.
“Controlled reduction of population size through harvest might be necessary to ensure both human safety and a viable but smaller polar bear population as a result of declining habitat.”, the authors state.
The way these “conservationists” intend to go about this, is the “humane” euthanizing of polar bears who are “unlikely to survive” due to global warming.
“Euthanasia may be the most humane option for individual bears in very poor condition that are unlikely to survive.”, the authors wrote. “Under these circumstances, it will be important to develop clear guidelines for identification of starving animals.”
One of the “leading polar bear scientists” who co-authored this bizarre proposal, Dr. Steven Amstrup, emphasizes that the purpose of their suggestions for “polar bear management” is “to remind the readers, and hopefully policy people, that the long-term future of polar bears is in jeopardy”. Amstrup:
“It makes managers and policy people aware of the various kinds of on-the-ground actions that may be applied and makes them begin to think of the varying levels of cost that may be involved in the different options they may choose.”
Another scientist who participated in writing the article, University of Alberta biologist Ian Stirling, stated in an e-mail to Yale’s “Environment 360” that the paper serves as “a starting point that clarifies the need to be developing some preliminary plans for dealing with such problems.”
As Yale’s Ed Srtruzik reports:
“The scientists realize that it will be difficult to sell these controversial management strategies to the public and to policy makers. One impetus for action will likely be an increasing threat to humans in the Arctic from hungry bears being forced off the ice and onto land.”
He quotes yet another co-author as stating “the sooner we consider the options, the sooner we’ll have a plan. The worst-case scenario is a catastrophically early sea ice break-up with hundreds of starving bears, followed by inappropriate management actions”.
As I pointed out earlier, the noble polar bear’s great image was co-opted by ecological zealots as their mascot, claiming polar bears could not swim. Its image was even denigrated by eco-marketeers to scare people into believing man is to blame for seasonal fluctuations in the ice-mass, as the following clip from 2009 shows: