Emergency Plan to Airdrop Food to Climate Affected Starving Polar Bears

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Just when you thought the imaginary polar bear crisis couldn’t get any sillier;

Scientists hatch bold plan to save polar bears

It will take more than bear chow to keep the animals alive in the wild.

by David Cox / Feb.27.2018 / 6:37 PM ET

For the past two decades, scientists have been monitoring the effects of a warming Arctic on the world’s polar bears — and the bears’ future has looked increasingly bleak.

The latest estimates suggest that Arctic sea ice is disappearing by 14 percent a decade, drastically limiting the bears’ ability to hunt the seals on which they feed. And research on bears living on the Arctic islands of Svalbard shows that the animals are now reproducing at a rate one-fifth of that seen just 20 years ago.

Given these dismal statistics, scientists now predict that the global population of polar bears could fall from 20,000 to 30,000 today to fewer than 5,000 by 2100 — and beyond that no one knows. Even if a small population of bears manage to hang on, they’re not out of the woods.

For 5,000 bears to survive in this region (the minimum thought to be required to prevent inbreeding), scientists believe the animals may need help from humans. Derocher envisions helicopters zipping around the region, dropping bear chow. Without such deliveries, he says, hungry bears might wander south into human settlements — and risk being shot.

Airdrops of bear chow wouldn’t come cheap. Derocher estimates that delivering enough chow to sustain those 5,000 bears could cost the Canadian government $2 million a month. Given the hefty price tag, he proposes that the chow be used only during times when the bears are finding it especially difficult to catch and kill seals.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/scientists-hatch-bold-plan-save-polar-bears-ncna851356

The NBC news article also suggests using artificial insemination on grizzly bear surrogates to maintain polar bear numbers. Lets just say I’m not going to be head of the queue to apply for that job.

169 thoughts on “Emergency Plan to Airdrop Food to Climate Affected Starving Polar Bears

  1. ComedyCentral just called, they would appreciate these guys stop stealing their future show concepts for Southpark episodes.
    If they really want to help Polar Bears then they should stop shooting them up with tranquilizer darts! Or at the least buy them some drinks before they rufie them.

    • 40 years ago I was told by a number of black people “White people are crazy”. So true, and here is yet another example of that.

    • Although the research team would probably prefer we cut out the middle Polar Bear and just airdrop money directly to team ‘climate change’.

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        Ahhhh, I didn’t think of that! The double “m” should probably have been my clue. Too subtle for me this late in the work day.

      • Just don’t drop in Big Al as the place would freeze up so fast the poor bears really would be facing a lack of food as the seals would move away to where they can get through the ice.
        James Bull

      • I wonder if the polar bears would gore Al if he was dropped on them. But there again probably not, he would probably bore them, and they couldn’t bear that. 😂

    • As Canadians, we just can’t win. One minute we’re being critized and ostracized for killing baby seals and selling their furs, the next minute, we’re trying to save the predators that kill seals in large numbers. Will somebody please make up my mind? Who are we puulling for here? Is it the seals or the bears?

  2. So best records show numbers in Canada increasing although hunting is still limited. Of course the picture must be from Churchill where many bears go because of the garbage. If anyone ever went camping, one thing is DONT FEED THE BEARS. BTW these bears look pretty healthy and no one ever says how Polar bears have been tracked swimming over 100 miles, so a few sitting on a piece of ice is not a big deal. Likely a hunting perch..
    I would think that we better spend more money on research so the researchers dont starve…

    • I might prefer that the researchers starve because it will give them incentive to migrate to a different subject. Of course it probably was the easy pickings in this pseudoscience that attracted this mendacious lot to begin with.

    • I am sure there is an argument to be run that there will be more seals in less area therefore more likely for the bears to get a meal. That is the problem with this sort of social science they never really consider all the options because it is built on a political argument.

    • My first thought was that food drops sound like a good way to get bears to seek out people because the bears will realized that humans=food in more ways than one.

  3. Air drop food to polar bears?
    That’s already happening. Since CO2 is the base of the food chain, and CO2 is freely distributed via air, the bear’s food source is already being delivered.

  4. “…artificial insemination on grizzly bear … head…”
    If you’re at the head, you’re doing it wrong. 🙂

    • I understand the grizzlies there got tired of just
      eating the finger food handouts and decided to go
      for the whole enchilada!
      At least this guy has enough sense to deliver food
      via air drop rather than doing it from the ground.
      The chopper mx team would get a little extra in their
      paychecks to keep it in A-1 shape. I’d also request
      the 50 cal door gunner option, JIC! 😉

  5. What they are stating is that if their model is correct, and their claim that polar bears are dependent on certain levels of sea ice are correct, then polar bears are in trouble. And with sufficient genetic engineering, pigs will fly.

    • “And with sufficient genetic engineering, pigs will fly.”
      Why not devote the genetic engineering to making polar bears fly? Then they can migrate like the Canada geese. Oh, wait. That didn’t turn out well in the polar bear advertisement.

      • Pigs (and polar bears) will fly given sufficient velocity.
        Tain’t the fall but the landing that’ll alter social standing.

      • Oh My Groot! I hadn’t seen that video before. And I still can’t believe I saw it.
        Seriously, do the Climate Faithful never think before making these things? That was almost as nasty as the 10/10 video.

      • “Session leader Mark Bayer, an Arlington, Virginia–based consultant and former longtime aide to Senator Edward Markey (D–MA), opened up with some cold water for the crowd. ‘Facts were never enough’ to make a convincing case to people, he said, ‘so let’s just get over that.'”
        This is what was said to a group of scientists at the recent AAAS meeting. This is the– ‘If we just explain it right they will understand,’ used often by the omnipresent (omniscient may be more correct) who are selling something so lacking that it needs considerable assistance.

      • Scientists don’t try to sell things so lacking that they need considerable assistance. But witch doctors do.
        Once again, don’t call these charlatans scientists. Call them out for what they really are: Witch Doctors!

    • Tom Halla
      After a couple of large whisky’s, everything in my house flies!
      Well OK, maybe more than a couple.

    • It exists as a very real problem to them … if the Polar Bear numbers keep increasing then their funding and salaries will dry up ……..

      • The scientists producing the number of bears counted will use a new Reverse-Karlization tecnique to reduce the numbers reported by homoginising the number of bears counted for a single study area over the entire arctic region.

    • Yesterday, upon the stair,
      I met a man who wasn’t there!
      He wasn’t there again today,
      I wish, I wish he’d go away!
      (loosely plagerized)

  6. I would bet the blubber on Al Gore would be quite a treat. If he really believes in the cause, then he should do the noble thing and volunteer. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  7. Instead of food dropping, how about food stamps…give them a cell phone too with the Tinder Seal App on it…..Swipe right bears and you will have all the food your heart desires…
    Makes a lot more sense…

    • We could just model dropping cell phones with Polar Bear
      Apps on them & treble the population in no time flat.
      No fuss no muss, with the models giving us the desired
      successful results! We may even win a Nobel Prize! 😉

  8. The fact is Canada is on its heels now with U.S. corporate tax rates below Canada and farther below when you factor in carbon taxes. Good luck with that Justin.

  9. Using helicopters to drop food. How much fuel/tons co2 per pound? Kinda like de-icing wind farms using helicopters.

  10. 2 things: 1. I’m sure it’s just pure coincidence that this latest bid for alarmism is published on the very same day as the “State of the Polar Bear Report” sponsored by the GWPF and presented by Dr. Susan Crockford in Toronto;
    2. If you feed these bears the young ones will not learn necessary hunting skills. A fed bear is a dependent bear.

  11. Look at all of that wood fuel casually thrown away. Get rid of that and other needless waste, and then the bears could more easily get at the food scraps.

    • I agree, it should be collected, pelletized. and immediately shipped to the DRAX power station in the UK which will insure us all a wonderful, Green future.

  12. Is it just me or does anyone else notice how animal rights groups express outrage at the sight of humans clubbing baby seals but become real silent about polar bears eating them alive?
    “Estimated Total Population for Northwest Atlantic Harp Seals, 1950-2012”

  13. Feeding wild critters is detrimental in tne long run. Most dogs could not survive on their own since they started hanging around people back when they were grey wolves. It’s been a good symbiotic relationship but unlike cats which when turned feral do quite well, dogs do not. Bears are much like dogs as they are intelligent enough to know how to get a free meal though as solitary hunters, unlike dogs, who need a pack to make a kill they can cope more like a cat. As long as we don’t eradicate their habitat through encroachment or elimination of their prey they seem to do quite well. Size might be their biggest drawback as large predators need large prey. Note there are not too many big cats around, other than mountain lions who can get along on smaller kills when necessary as they are not as big as bears. Coyotes can live on mice and grasshoppers, not so much wolves as they are too big. Lots of factors to consider but global warming ain’t one of them. Bears have adapted and are still here, not so much the larger predators of old. Being omnivorous is also a big advantage to the bears. Look at them feasting at the dump! Dogs also have that trait. They will eat anythjng they can chew and if it’s not food they’ll puke it up and eat it again just to make sure!

  14. More of the same from the warmists. When reality gets in the way of their prognostications they try to manufacturer a new reality. “You think polar bears are multiplying? Then why are we feeding them?”

  15. “The latest estimates suggest that Arctic sea ice is disappearing by 14 percent a decade, drastically limiting the bears’ ability to hunt the seals on which they feed.”
    No ice? No problem. Polar bears float. Disappearing ice limits the seals’ ability to hide from the polar bears. Bon appétit!

    • “Polar bears float.” My dog told me that because polar bears are kind of white like ice they can play dead floating in the water and the seal is fooled into thinking they’re just a piece of ice. (But then my dog is a notorious liar!)

  16. Is it possible that +30,000 polar bears represents overpopulation of their natural Arctic range and food supply? Overpopulation in other predatory mammals causes precipitous predation driven drops in their food supply, and subsequent sharp drops in the predators breeding success as food becomes scarce. Naturally.
    That NBC article is a real ‘study’ in hand wringing, over wrought emotional appeal to the genetically gullible.

    • Based on “Original Mike”‘s graph above, I don’t think there is over predation. The seal population seems to be stronger than ever.
      However, you are correct that this is all hand wringing. So far the polar bear population is growing or stable. But somehow, these goofballs have figured out how to project that into shrinking in the future. The biggest question is “How accurate is the statement: “the animals are now reproducing at a rate one-fifth of that seen just 20 years ago.”? That seems like an extraordinary claim that would require extraordinary evidence. So far I haven’t seen any evidence.

  17. Even if a small population of bears manage to hang on, they’re not out of the woods.
    Well, actually … being “out of the woods” is part of what makes them polar bears.

  18. Why not drop a few polar bear researchers with the chow? – just to check the bears are actually eating the food you understand.

  19. Think…needing to use petrol (aircraft fuel) to solve a “problem” created by using petrol. Perfect liberal solution.

    • Then clearly what we need to develop are solar/battery-powered helicopters. There is no need for putting gas-hungry turbine engines on every helicopter. For hauling heavy loads, the weight saved by replacing tanks of jet fuel with batteries should greatly increase the payload and range!
      Hopefully, this was not necessary, but just in case… /sarc off

  20. “Scientists say…”
    “Scientists believe…”
    “Scientists predict…”
    Some scientists say that, but… Guess what; plenty of other scientists say differently.
    Since Marx and Engels said communism is the best form of government, does that mean that I could write an article for NBC news that confidently asserts “Political leaders say communism is the best form of government.” ?

  21. Does anyone have a link to the so called study that showed breeding success of one group of polar bears is down by 80%?

  22. Real and imaginary Soviets are all the rage today. Relics of a progressive age that lurk in people’s minds, rallies, and Water Closets.
    That said, it’s a cold “war”-ming.

  23. 5000 bears to avoid inbreeding? Normally inbreeding isn’t considered a problem for populations >500 individuals.
    How many human populations numbered >5000 people before farming?

  24. Wow, where to begin with this crazy ignorance? A decline in the bear population would be a boon the seal population, which would encourage growth in the bear population, but would devastate the fish population.
    Another gang of short-sighted hubristic humans with an insatiable taste for micromanaging with taxpayer dollars. And in the end, they won’t stop any starvation, they’ll just warp the entire ecosystem.

  25. Bears are naturally lazy, they would rather find food in the garbage dump than hunt. At least when they scrounge around the garbage dumps, they get some exercise. If we are just going to food drop for them, we might as well train them to use cell phones and be gamers, just like many humans that are too lazy to earn a living and depend on handouts to survive while spending their lives with eyeballs attached to a screen.

    • Polar bears don’t hunt on land or in summer. Reputedly because they are so well insulated that they risk heat-stroke if they exert themselves for long.
      In summer they scrounge garbage dumps, eat carrion, bird’s eggs and nestlings and berries, but mostly fast.

  26. Bear cubs learn how to find and catch prey by watching their mothers. Now the idiots want to train cubs to watch the sky for incoming ‘cargo” just like those poor south-sea islanders.

    • Reminds me of Florida, which has banned feeding the manatees. They say it is because they will become dependent on humans for food.
      Wow. Never thought I’d say this: Floridians are smarter than climate scientists. Wait a minute… isn’t everyone?
      Are climate scientists also behind food stamps and welfare?

      • Manatees eat the stuff that grows on the bottoms of streams.
        It’s not like they need their parents to teach them how to hunt.

  27. Thank you, Mr. Worrall for having drawn our attention to one of the stupidest suggestions that I have ever seen – and heaven knows that the CAGW apostles have come up with any number of stupid suggestions in the past. His posting has led to so many genuinely funny comments that I shall still be laughing next week. To those who have posted them “Keep it up” and thanks.

  28. “Arctic sea ice is disappearing by 14 per cent a decade”
    So Arctic sea ice will be gone completely in seven years time!

  29. As I walked along the local canal today, two beautiful swans approached me for food.
    I had and gave nothing, but I remembered that swans have been doing this for generations. This is probably the best way of ensuring that swans will be there for generations to come. Polar bears are far more intelligent and adaptable than swans.

  30. From the report PDF of the other WUWT post…… A bit of contradiction??
    “The Svalbard area count was initially reported to have increased by 42% over the count per-
    formed in 2004, with most bears found to be in good or excellent condition….”

  31. From the NBC News article:

    And research on bears living on the Arctic islands of Svalbard shows that the animals are now reproducing at a rate one-fifth of that seen just 20 years ago.

    From Susan Crawford’s just released report:

    The Svalbard area count was initially reported to have increased by 42% over the count per-
    formed in 2004, with most bears found to be in good or excellent condition. The published peer-reviewed paper confirms that a 42% increase in abundance indeed occurred (685 bears in 2004 to 973 bears in 2015)

    • It may be that when population concentrations hit high enough levels, fecundity drops. Maybe more bears are living beyond the age to reproduce.
      I doubt both notions. More likely someone is using bad numbers or inverted statistical results.

  32. Those Polar Bears in the picture are definitely showing us that man-made climate change is real and we should prepare for it. They are foraging for wood, as shown by the wooden pallets in the picture, to build a Polar Bear Ark. After building the Ark with the scrap wood they will be prepared for the rising sea levels. They are adapting. So we all must prepare for the impending doom. Buy a kayak, row boat, or build a raft to prepare. 🙂

  33. While I haven’t reviewed the counting techniques used for polar bears if anyone believes that some scientists in the game wouldn’t fudge the numbers to keep themselves employed they are very sadly mistaken. I was put in charge of a program that did exactly that for over a decade for a large listed charismatic megafauna. Once in charge I began to question their “science” I became the enemy, Darth Vader, the evil one, etc. [Note all those names and more were used to describe me to the public and in my face.]

  34. It is similar to what welfare does with humans- we feed those that do not produce, then they multiply in numbers. This will eventually collapse the system. The same thing will happen with the bears- they WILL come to rely on CO2 emitting helicopter food drops.
    The best and most evolutionary sustainable solution is for brainless warmists (natural selection) to go up to the Arctic so the bears can hunt them and eat them.

    • Worse, when given the choice of working for a living and just being given what they need, both humans and bears choose the handouts.

  35. Given these dismal statistics, scientists now predict that the global population of polar bears could fall from 20,000 to 30,000 today to fewer than 5,000 by 2100 — and beyond that no one knows.

    Fixed that typo. I’m the king of typos. I can spot all but my own a mile away!

    Even if a small population of bears manage to hang on, they’re not out of the woods.

    Well, there’s yur’ problem!!!
    Polar bears don’t live in the woods!!
    Try counting them where they are!

  36. Every wildlife biologist I have even spoken to or heard of emphasizes the same point: feeding the wildlife is a BAD thing. “DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!”

  37. The real threat to the polar bears is that global warming has killed every penguin in the Arctic so the polar bears are force to hunt unicorns

  38. “NBC news article also suggests using artificial insemination on grizzly bear surrogates to maintain polar bear numbers. Lets just say I’m not going to be head of the queue to apply for that job.”

    Someone needs to collect quality semen from prime polar bears…
    Ideally, that semen is not contaminated with knock out drugs or other chemicals, so the collector needs to work with conscious bears.
    I nominate Derocher, Amstrup and Manniacal for the provocative post of seductive polar bear stimulators.
    They can even keep their bear suits after successfully inseminating 5,000+ polar bears.
    If they’re unable to easily identify a polar bear’s sex, a few winters of ensuring polar bear prolificacy should teach even the densest alarmists.

  39. Thank for the laughter. A couple suggestions on my part:
    1 – Do not feed the polar bears. If you leave them alone, they’ll get hungry again and eat the alarmist scientists. Solves two problems at one go.
    2 – Be kind to the Greenbeans and Warmians. They never go outside unless there are TV cameras for a rally or a parade. Tell them it’s 85F outside, even if it’s really 35F. They’re dumb enough to believe you and can’t tell the difference, anyway.

    • Doesnt look like they recycle with all the paper mixed in with the garbage….You know we live in a wealthy society when even in the middle of no where they dont at least burn the paper for heat….

    • While on a day trip from a cruise around southeast alaska several years ago, our guide for the afternoon told us that there were three types of bears that could be found in Alaska – the black bear, the brown bear (aka grizzly), and the polar bear.
      He said that if you come upon a bear in Alaska, the best way to determine what kind of bear you have is to quickly climb the nearest tree.
      If the bear climbs right up the tree after you, it’s a black bear.
      If the bear stands at the base of the tree and shakes it until you fall out, it’s a brown bear.
      If there aren’t any trees, it’s a polar bear.

  40. Derocher estimates
    What really frosts me is the tax dollars wasted on this sort of drivel pretending to. be science.
    now prime minister TrueNo is going to give an another 2 billion for more of this “scientific research”.
    while at the same time, in the name of gender inequality he is giving nothing to day care.
    if TrueNo actually gave a damn about women he would actually do something other than tell us how the budget has been gender certified.
    if the state of science in Canada shows anything it is that there will always be scientists ready and willing to prove anything in return for grant money.

  41. It isn’t legal to feed bears in Yellowstone Park (regardless of species)!
    Why is it legal to feed these beasts that apparently are expanding without any additional food?
    Who are the idiots here?

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