The unbearable lightness of polar bear 'climate science'

From the “Emily Litella” department (never mind) and Zoologist Dr. Susan Crockford, comes yet another hilarious take-down of attempts to link polar bears and climate change last month. Turns out it’s just a blonde. Paging Andrew Derocher! Cleanup on aisle 5!

Dr. Crockford writes:

All the hubris last month about polar bear x grizzly hybrids, based on an unusual-looking bear killed near Arviat, has turned out to be wishful thinking by those who’d like to blame everything to do with polar bears on climate change. An awful lot of “experts” now have egg on their faces. That “hybrid” was just a blonde grizzly, as I warned it might.

grizzly-polar-bear-hybrid_arviat-2016-didji-ishalook

According to one report, Nunavut wildlife manager Mathieu Dumond said:

“Some otherwise pretty renown[ed] bear biologists jumped on the hybrid bear story without even knowing what they were talking about,” Dumond said.

“I think it was something blown out of proportion, with the wrong information to start.”

Gee, ya think? CBC ran a story too. But the CBC don’t really admit (see below) that they were the first out of the gate on this story and started the media madness. It was the CBC that relied on the opinion of a black bear expert from Minnesota (who likely only saw a picture) – but since he was willing to say it was a hybrid and that its presence was a sign of climate change, they went with it.  See “Grolar or pizzly? Experts say rare grizzly-polar bear hybrid shot in Nunavut: Expert says interbreeding may be happening more frequently due to climate change” (CBC 18 May 2016).

For background, see these recent posts on this putative hybrid and the issues on hybridization it spawned:

Another alleged grizzly-polar bear hybrid shot but it’s not a sign of climate change

Polar bear hybrid update: samples sent for DNA testing to rule out blonde grizzly

Five facts that challenge polar bear hybridization nonsense

Most polar bear hybrids said to exist have not been confirmed by DNA testing

Blonde grizzlies, like the one pictured below (which I posted the day the story broke), are actually a proven sign of natural variation within species – a critical lesson in biology that should be the take-home message here.

Grizzly light_NPS photo

“Paging Professor Derocher”: PBSG biologist and University of Alberta professor Andrew Derocher gave so many interviews to the media on this issue I lost count – he fed the media frenzy almost single-handedly. Well, except for granddaddy of polar bear experts Ian Stirling, who said (via the Toronto Star):

“I think it’s 99 per cent sure that it’s going to turn out to be a hybrid,” said Ian Stirling, an emeritus research scientist with Environment Canada and adjunct professor at the University of Alberta.”

Quotes from today’s story below.

Exotic bear harvested in Nunavut was a blonde grizzly” (Nunatsiaq Online, 21 June 2016) reported this afternoon [my bold]:

Media reports, quoting experts from the US or southern Canada instead of from Nunavut, then surfaced full of assumptions, a regional wildlife manager with the Government of Nunavut told Nunatsiaq News June 21.

“Everyone wanted to jump on the hybrid bear train,” said Mathieu Dumond, from Kugluktuk.

In reality, grizzly bears with blonde fur are “not uncommon,” and are often seen, especially in western Nunavut, Dumond said.

“It seems to be more frequent in spring or early summer, when the bears come out from hibernating. Then they shed and have a little more saturated colour in their fur.”

“The harvested bear was not a hybrid,” the government confirmed June 21, perhaps to the disappointment of many readers and researchers alike.

“Some otherwise pretty renown bear biologists jumped on the hybrid bear story without even knowing what they were talking about,” Dumond said.

“I think it was something blown out of proportion, with the wrong information to start.”

Now, a CBC News report said this:

But Nunavut’s Department of Environment (DOE) has confirmed that the “unusual” bear is not a hybrid.

“DOE submitted a tissue sample to a genetics lab for DNA analysis in order to verify the ancestry of the harvested bear,” Carrie Harbidge, an environmental education specialist, told CBC News.

“The DNA lab concludes that the animal was a blond grizzly bear, and it does not have a polar bear parent. Therefore, the harvested bear was not a hybrid.”

“From people on the ground, in the field, it was somewhat obvious that the results would come [out] that way,” says Mathieu Dumond, a wildlife manager for Nunavut’s environment department. “I think the excitement of a few hybrids found in the western part of Nunavut and in N.W.T … got people carried away a little bit.”

Ishalook had consulted with elders in Arviat before concluding the bear he’d shot was a mix. At the time, CBC News also spoke with a Minnesota-based leading bear expert, who concurred.

Dumond says that’s why it was important to verify the assessment with genetic testing, especially since there have been two or three confirmed cases of grizzly-polar bear mixes.

“It’s so rare that unfortunately I think nobody has a lot of experience in identifying a hybrid from the first sight.”

Blond grizzlies are far less rare, he adds: “While it’s not maybe the most common colour for the fur … it’s not something extraordinary. Every year we see some that are blond.”


Full story here, be sure to bookmark her blog: https://polarbearscience.com/2016/06/21/breaking-dna-results-prove-so-called-polar-bear-hybrid-was-a-blonde-grizzly/

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Sweet Old Bob
June 22, 2016 9:16 am

Uh Oh ….and the real experts are having ” Nun of it” ….
(8>))

emsnews
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
June 22, 2016 2:07 pm

Nuns are scary when they are armed with a yard stick (my husband went to school facing these animals).

Doug Huffman
Reply to  emsnews
June 22, 2016 2:52 pm

Rulers, foot long rulers. Yardsticks have too much surface area air resistance. The Sisters taught and taught lessons never forgotten, kind’a like H. G. Rickover. Not nice, but right.

Reply to  emsnews
June 23, 2016 4:04 am

Did you go through Hymie’s training?

stevekeohane
Reply to  emsnews
June 23, 2016 5:20 am

Yes, foot-long wood rulers with a metal strip inserted in the edge. Hard on knuckles.

FJ Shepherd
June 22, 2016 9:25 am

The bear truth bites hard.

Pat Frank
June 22, 2016 9:28 am

“I think it’s 99 per cent sure that it’s going to turn out to be a hybrid,” said Ian Stirling,
That opinion would qualify as an objective prior in Bayesian analysis.

Bob Boder
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 22, 2016 10:14 am

hey at least it wasn’t 97%

Jon
Reply to  Bob Boder
June 22, 2016 1:56 pm

99=97+2 ! Beware! The Consensus is everywhere!

MJB
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 22, 2016 10:28 am

Reminds me of the joke “A Bayesian is one who, vaguely expecting a horse, and catching a glimpse of a donkey, believes he has seen a mule.”
Of course, in our polar bear case, a properly built Bayesian network would include a node for DNA analysis with a conditional probability of close to 1 (perhaps 0.999 allowing for error in the testing) that would over power all priors.

ferdberple
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 22, 2016 1:54 pm

Doesn’t “I think” establish this as a subjective prior? Wouldn’t an objective prior be something like “99% of all such sightings have in the past turned out to be blonde grizzly bears”?

Doug Huffman
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 22, 2016 2:55 pm

Unfortunately fails Max Ent, paints the naive into a corner from the get-go. Max Ent means admit ones stupidity is a better beginning than 99% error.

coaldust
June 22, 2016 9:28 am

If I harvest my HDD will it become a hybrid? I could use the increased speed.

June 22, 2016 9:53 am

As grizzly bears and polar bears are fully interfertile, arguably they are at most incipient species, and probably actually conspecific. I do remember the great foofraw over spotted v. barred owls, another probable case of confusing a color pattern/phase with a different species.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 22, 2016 7:25 pm

Step right up! See the Great Foofraw transmute species before your very eyes! The wonder of the age! Professors made into monkeys! Step right up!

Auto
Reply to  John Harmsworth
June 23, 2016 12:02 pm

John,
Appreciated.
Tell me about the monkeys made into perfessers, please.
I am sue the Great Foofraw can do [ and has done] that.
Any outside climate ‘science’ – climatology the religion?
Or is that beyond the illimitable powers of the Great foofaraw?
Auto – seeking the knowledge.

Auto
Reply to  John Harmsworth
June 23, 2016 12:04 pm

I am sure the Great Foofraw . . . .
I am not a figment of Johnny Cash’s imagination.
Auto

grumpyguy
June 22, 2016 9:58 am

So, did the meat and fur go to waste?

Reply to  grumpyguy
June 22, 2016 10:55 am

In Nunavut? Not likely!

TG
June 22, 2016 9:59 am

Well done Dr. Susan Crockford.
Does there come a time when the Green mafia will start to question their own morality? They lied, manipulated, data fudged, cheated and even threatened any body or corporation with criminal prosecution. This Blond grizzly article is just the tip of the iceberg, in their desperate attempt to to keep the money flowing and promote a green superstate. Orwell would have been horrified at attempts for worldwide control over every aspect of our lives, via the super corrupt UN body, and the Obama’s of the world.

Reply to  TG
June 22, 2016 10:18 am

Any bets on how many of the mainstream media outlets will give this news as much print space as they gave the ‘climate change causes hybridization’ story?
Susan
P.S. Note that all ebook versions of my novel are on sale until July 15th for 99 cents. Links at my blog. Load up…

rah
Reply to  susanjcrockford
June 22, 2016 11:39 am

Not a chance! I would rather put my money on 00 on the roulette table.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  susanjcrockford
June 22, 2016 2:23 pm

As an indication of the ethics of the media outlets, today on Yahoo News they had an old story about a tranquilized brown bear that went into the water and was about to drown before a game biologist went into the water to save it. The click bait was a picture of a polar bear and a headline about a drowning bear.

Goldrider
Reply to  TG
June 22, 2016 10:21 am

. . . and furthermore, why are “endangered species” allowed to be SHOT? Or do bullets cause “climate change?”

Reply to  Goldrider
June 22, 2016 3:52 pm

Goldrider … The indigenous population are allowed to hunt polar bears.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  Goldrider
June 22, 2016 7:29 pm

Not listed as endangered in Canada as far as I know

Hugs
Reply to  Goldrider
June 23, 2016 2:11 am

There are not many grolars around, surely they are endangered if not at the verge of extinction.

Reply to  Goldrider
June 23, 2016 12:36 pm

Grizzly Bears have “Least Concern” listed as their conservation status.
I.E. there are enuf.

Pat Frank
Reply to  TG
June 22, 2016 12:15 pm

TG, “Does there come a time when the Green mafia will start to question their own morality?” Unlikely.
They pretty much follow the ethics of Eric Hobsbawm, the famed British historian and “unrepentant communist” who excused the millions dead under Stalin for the pursuit of utopia.
In that ethic, no amount of crime and murder is too much if the end result is holy wonderfulness. Followers of that logic, if not (yet) that excess, the green mafia will never admit to crime.

Tom Yoke
Reply to  Pat Frank
June 23, 2016 2:41 pm

There is a parallel there with Climate Change.
The end can justify very unpleasant means, IF there is a very high degree of certainty that the predicted End will occur for the proposed Means. There is the rub.
Outside of orbital mechanics, there aren’t too many fields of science where a very high degree of certainty is possible for difficult long range predictions.
As the means become more unpleasant, the end needs to be more positive and the prediction more certain.
State socialism certainly did not qualify, and neither do the “predictions” of climate science.

R. Bundyman
Reply to  TG
June 22, 2016 4:06 pm

Yea, definitely!!! But while they try to impose the superstate control over what we do with so-called pollution and land use, sending the gestapo EPA and BLM, they are increasingly pushing the “rights” of sexual deviants down our throats. They need to get out of the public area, the commons, and back into the home and bedrooms to control the real problems.

Barbara Skolaut
Reply to  TG
June 22, 2016 4:53 pm

“Does there come a time when the Green mafia will start to question their own morality?”
No, silly. Next question?

Latitude
June 22, 2016 9:59 am

it was a hybrid and that its presence was a sign of climate change
====
as much sense as a mule is the result of donkeys and horses hanging out too late at bars

Goldrider
Reply to  Latitude
June 22, 2016 10:22 am

I have a palomino horse who turns “blond” in winter coat–must mean The End Is Near!

JustAnOldGuy
Reply to  Latitude
June 22, 2016 1:11 pm

Oh dear, that reminds me of a truly terrible joke…………….What the heck? I’ll tell it anyway. The difference between a dog and a fox is six beers or three martini’s.

emsnews
Reply to  JustAnOldGuy
June 22, 2016 2:10 pm

Well, Mole, Rat and Badger all went on a ride with Toad…

BFL
Reply to  Latitude
June 22, 2016 6:39 pm

Well this is WaPo, whose reporters typically remind me of the old joke about how many it takes to screw in light bulb:
One to hold the bulb and three to turn the table.

E.M.Smith
Editor
June 22, 2016 10:00 am

It really makes no difference if it be a hybrid or not.
The “species barrier” is more like a “species strong suggestion”.
Polar bears and brown bears were the same species not long ago (in genetic terms). They definitely form hybrids now. All it takes is two like minded bears. Nothing special about it. Nor about natural variation and blond brown bears (afterall, the polar bear started as a blondish tending water loving brown bear).
All sorts of species cross all the time. Canids especially. Wolf, dog, fox, coyote and more make hybrids even in the wild. Bears are cousins of dogs…
Cats too. Ligers, tygons, leopards and panthers and more cross.
Sheep and goats, despite different chromosome numbers. Zebra, burros and horses. I’ve seen a mule and her colt (dad was a horse in keeping with Haldane’s Rule) and hybrids are usually more fertile than the mule. Turkey chicken hybrids too, so not just mammals.
In short: The existence of a hybrid means nothing (well, to anyone but the parents). That this was shown to not be a hybrid just means “nothing” is now more nothing…

Goldrider
Reply to  E.M.Smith
June 22, 2016 10:23 am

I think they used to call that, “miscegenation.” /sarc

Tom in Texas
Reply to  E.M.Smith
June 22, 2016 12:12 pm

WHAT? Do you spend a lot of time on a farm. You make it sound like this happens all the time. On absolute rare occasions does this happen, and in isolation situations. The thought is that when something in this manner is conceived it would be eliminated. Us here Texas folks don’t care much for donkey horses.

Ben of Houston
Reply to  Tom in Texas
June 22, 2016 2:55 pm

You separate the animals and deliberately cull any of these that do happen. Of course it’s not an everyday occurrence. “More common” in this circumstance means that it may be a surprise but it isn’t a shock and shouldn’t receive a “that’s impossible” response.
Many environmentalists (and urbanites in general) have no clue about how animals work, and so they are genuinely surprised that these sorts of things are possible.

John Harmsworth
Reply to  Tom in Texas
June 22, 2016 7:35 pm

Shouldn’t have put one in the White House in 2000 then!

E.M.Smith
Editor
Reply to  Tom in Texas
June 23, 2016 3:26 am

Grew up in a little farm town of about 3300 folks. Dad raised some beef cattle and we both raised rabbits, dogs, cats, guinea pigs and whatnot…
But it was in California, and folks here walk on the wild side a bit more… maybe it’s just the climate…
😉
BTW, it does happen a lot in the wild too. Ligers have naturally happened, and one “species” of wolf is now shown to be a wolf fox hybrid IIRC the red wolf. It sparked a new fad of looking for what other rare species might just be hybrids of more common species.
On farms, people keep animals separated and cull off types, or you would see more of them. As an amature seedsman, sorting out off types from unplanned hybridization events is a common task.
Oh, and the human genome shows that we are a cross species hybid too… so you look as interspecies hybrids every day.

Tom Yoke
Reply to  Tom in Texas
June 23, 2016 2:58 pm

I saw a documentary not long ago on the very rapid advance of Coywolves in the eastern U.S. and Canada. This is a naturally occurring hybrid with an apparent epicenter in Ontario a few decades ago. The blend has very rapidly expanded into 100s of thousands of new square miles of territory and is still growing.
I’m guessing that hybridization of this sort is an important natural aspect of evolutionary change.
The hybridization of Homo sapiens sapiens with Homo sapiens neanderthalis 50,000 years ago has also been a pretty big deal.

Paul of Alexandria
Reply to  E.M.Smith
June 23, 2016 6:20 pm

Of course technically we’re all hybrids (unless you have pure African heritage) given that everyone whose ancestors left Africa has at least 3% Neandertal in them.

June 22, 2016 10:02 am

I just remembered where I saw a photo of a shape like tht grizzly in the photo on this page (above).
The claim that accompanied the figure was that it was a photo of Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch).

Leon Brozyna
June 22, 2016 10:09 am

There’s a blonde joke in there somewhere, only it’s not of the grizzly type. If we want to know what’s happening to the climate, ask a blonde … climate scientists surely have not got a clue.

Svend Ferdinandsen
June 22, 2016 10:09 am

Anyway it was a Blonde grizzlie, and could’n it be to combat the terrible warming?
It is good story even if the polar bears fur is in fact is a good sun catcher that leads the sun in to the skin.

ClimateOtter
June 22, 2016 10:12 am

Anyone got any bear blonde jokes?

H.R.
Reply to  ClimateOtter
June 22, 2016 10:35 am

ClimateOtter:
“… bear blonde jokes?”
I’ve got some bare blonde jokes but I’ll just [pre-snip] them and not waste our host’s time.

emsnews
Reply to  H.R.
June 22, 2016 2:13 pm

Switch the a and e around the r a tad and voila, a joke will form.

ossqss
Reply to  ClimateOtter
June 22, 2016 10:42 am

Did you hear about the blond bear who got stuck in a bear trap?
Chewed off 2 paws, 1 leg, and was still stuck!
Booooooo hissss!
I tried, but a feeble attempt at that 🙂

ripshin
Editor
Reply to  ClimateOtter
June 22, 2016 12:57 pm

I heard that the question most asked by other grizzlies was, “Is she a real blonde?”
And, apparently, blonde grizzlies do NOT have more fun…
rip

Doug Huffman
Reply to  ripshin
June 22, 2016 3:03 pm

I see y’all don’t know the difference between blond and blonde – it’s more than the spelling.

AndyG55
Reply to  ripshin
June 23, 2016 4:28 am

I had a girlfriend once…
blonde grizzly… great description. !! 🙁

Mickey Reno
Reply to  ripshin
June 23, 2016 7:22 am

Here’s an example of what I call a Carl Sagan joke:
Q: What’s the difference between a test tube and a stork.
A: The test tube is a small cylindrical, non-reactive glass vessel used for mixing chemicals in a laboratory while a stork is a long-legged, thick-billed wading bird in the family Ciconiidae.
Ba-dump-bump!
Carl Sagan / Ole and Lena hybrid joke:
When Ole was courting Lena, he noticed that her blonde hair appeared to grow darker roots every month. But then her dark roots suddenly turned blonde again. Worried that he was being deceived, Ole sought out his smartest friend, a scientist from the University, telling him that Lena wouldn’t sleep with him until they were married, but before he was could propose, he had to know if Lena’s carpet matched her drapes. His friend told Ole to relax, his troubles were over. Lena’s carpet appeared to be a thick, brown, polypropylene, machine woven Berber laying on the floor, whereas her drapes were a thin, off-white, translucent, cotton polyester blend covering her windows.
Ba-dump-bump!

Mickey Reno
Reply to  ripshin
June 23, 2016 8:37 am

Oh damn, I seem to have caught some kind of disease, and now can’t stop thinking up blonde hybrid jokes.
Blonde / Feminist Glacier narrative hybrid joke.
Did you hear about the glacier who was tired of being stereotyped as stupid blonde? She told her mother that she was a serious, smart, feminist glacier. She wanted to go to University and get a degree in women’s studies, not just flow down her home valley all her life, calving little icebergs.
Ba-dump-bump!

Mickey Reno
Reply to  ripshin
June 23, 2016 8:58 am

Carl Sagan / Knock-knock hybrid joke:
Knock! Knock!
Who’s there?
Carl Sagan.
Carl Sagan who?
Carl Sagan the astronomer, author and host of the original Cosmos series.
(Oh, I should have said this isn’t funny now that he’s deceased, since it’s highly implausible that ghosts exist or if they did, that they could interact with the material world in order to create an sound wave in the atmosphere that sounds like a knock on someone’s door)

Mickey Reno
Reply to  ripshin
June 23, 2016 9:49 am

Last one, a blonde / bear hybrid joke
A brown and a blonde grizzly bear were lying on their backs, taking in the rays, full from a delicious meal. The brown one says to the blonde one, “that was amazing. No fur, no tough hide, small delicious bones. What a stroke of good luck to have Jessica Simpson come walking by like that. She tried to run away from us, but in those high heels, she couldn’t move too fast. Her friend in the running shoes made a wise decision. And though she was chicken at first, we ran her down, caught her and feasted on her tender pink flesh. She was delicious. And the blonde grizzly said, “yes, but I thought she was human, was she really a chicken?”

Bernie
June 22, 2016 10:22 am

OH NO! I just invested my retirement savings in a US labor-based stuffed toy growler bear startup. We were going to stuff the little dickens with hemp, and use all natural dies. Instead of “Teddy bears” (aka Theodore Roosevelt) they were to be named “Barry bears.” 🙁

H.R.
Reply to  Bernie
June 22, 2016 10:37 am

Were these supposed to be collectable bears or were you just supposed to smoke them?

Curious George
June 22, 2016 10:39 am

There is only one emeritus research scientist among the (hybrid implies warming) crowd. Everyone else should also become emeritus.

rah
Reply to  Curious George
June 22, 2016 11:03 am

Why? They were just toeing the party line! It’s what they do.

MarkW
Reply to  rah
June 22, 2016 11:45 am

That beats towing the party lion.

Ross King
June 22, 2016 11:19 am

‘Spirit Bears’ in NW B.C. have long been recognized as sort-of albino grizzlies, surely, not hybrids?
As a side-bar, I have driven past a (beautiful!) huge, honey-blond grizzly strolling down the side of the Trans-Canada Hi-way near lake Louise, which attests to the naturally-occurring range of coat-colours.

Ross King
Reply to  Ross King
June 22, 2016 3:15 pm

Correction to my earlier…..
I checked my facts, and Spirit Bears (Kermodes) are *not* Grizzlies but a sub-specie of Black Bears. Nonetheless, fact remains that hair-colour for bears has a spectrum.
Except Polars?

Reply to  Ross King
June 22, 2016 9:04 pm

I have seen blonde coloured bears off for 50 years. Just so happened this one was close to Polar Bear territory so some people got excited.
Not unusual: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=314

Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
June 23, 2016 7:46 am

Excellent article Wayne – great find, worth a read for everyone. Thanks for posting.
Susan

Greg Woods
June 22, 2016 11:22 am

Polarizing viewpoints: Bears watching…

jon golden
June 22, 2016 12:03 pm

and then there are these: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermode_bear

PiperPaul
June 22, 2016 12:12 pm

ozspeaksup
Reply to  PiperPaul
June 23, 2016 3:38 am

🙂 +++ new to me I like it! 😉

jsuther2013
June 22, 2016 12:16 pm

At least two more names for the WALL OF SHAME.

June 22, 2016 1:49 pm

Thought they could tell from the Walkman with the tape’s endless loop of “breathe, breathe, breathe, chew, breathe,….”

Mark Lee
June 22, 2016 3:38 pm

I grew up in Anchorage, AK. My High School’s mascot was the Toklat Grizzly. We were the “Golden Bears” because the Toklat Grizzly has blond fur.

Robert
June 22, 2016 5:27 pm

Jeez.

papiertigre
June 22, 2016 5:34 pm

“I think it’s 99 per cent sure that it’s going to turn out to be a hybrid,” said Ian Stirling, an emeritus research scientist with Environment Canada and adjunct professor at the University of Alberta.”
Someone should follow up with Stirling. Ask him how certain he is about global warming.

Reply to  papiertigre
June 22, 2016 5:49 pm

Excellent idea, papiertigre!

Reply to  papiertigre
June 23, 2016 12:41 pm

Just goes to show you that something you’re 99% sure about (or worse, 97%) can turn out to be wrong. 😉

clipe
June 22, 2016 6:37 pm

Mods, anything from me in spam? Or did I hit the space bar instead?

Gunga Din
June 22, 2016 7:15 pm

That “hybrid” was just a blonde grizzly, as I warned it might.

OK. Who put a full bottle of “Miss Clairol” in the trash bin?

RoHa
Reply to  Gunga Din
June 22, 2016 8:27 pm

So now we have to worry about peroxide pollution?

Terry Gednalske
June 22, 2016 9:50 pm

Maybe I missed it, but why would the go-to guy be a black bear expert from Minnesota?
“Let’s see. Is it a grizzly-polar hybrid, or is it a blonde grizzly?” “Where can we find a bear expert in Alaska?” “I know, let’s call the black bear guy in Minnesota!”

Geoff
Reply to  Terry Gednalske
June 22, 2016 11:08 pm

#blackbearsmatter

papiertigre
Reply to  Geoff
June 23, 2016 12:57 am

Tired of that blonde grizzly flaunting it’s privilege.

papiertigre
Reply to  Geoff
June 23, 2016 12:59 am

It’s like all they care about is making the Arctic safe for the white bear.

Tom Yoke
Reply to  Terry Gednalske
June 23, 2016 3:13 pm

The cynics among us might think they went to that guy because he was a credentialed scientist who was willing to give a suitably alarmist answer.

Charlie
June 23, 2016 1:55 am

It’s a good thing all these scientists and media are on the side of the angels. Imagine the volume of misinformation that would pour forth if the were corrupt and funded by Big Corp. /sarc off.

E.M.Smith
Editor
Reply to  Charlie
June 23, 2016 3:13 am

So is the Big Pin Lobby corrupting the angel count?
snicker…

Carin
June 23, 2016 5:09 am

Just googled this which tells it’s normal variation.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=314
Mother nature has her trix.
Carin

Amber
June 23, 2016 6:56 pm

It as now been confirmed… Ian Stirling is a prophet . Aren’t real scientists supposed to get the facts before shooting their mouth off .
The U of A just dropped it’s reputation ..it’s now a hybrid university …99% sure .
What ever sells . The CBC can’t wait to pump scary global warming stories to it’s stuck up politically correct audience . How can you screw up Hockey Night in Canada ? The CBC found a way . George who ?

June 24, 2016 7:39 am

“Experts admit that many locals got carried away by the find”
This is what the UK’s Daily Mail concluded (23 June) about the DNA results and the Nunavut wildlife officer’s comments. Then basically, re-ran their original story, with all it’s global warming hype.
Now that’s the way to run a correction, media style!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3657142/Pizzly-bear-NOT-hybrid-DNA-tests-slaughtered-animal-blonde-grizzly-not-polar-bear.html
Other outlets, both inside and outside Canada (aside from CBC) are ignoring the DNA result turn-around and it’s likely that will continue, with the BREXIT win now the big story.

tadchem
June 24, 2016 12:46 pm

it’s true – blondes ARE more fun!

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