Skinny polar bear far inland in Siberia not due to sea ice loss but a rare normal event

Reposted from Polar Bear Science A thin polar bear has wandered more than 1000km south of the Kara Sea into the Siberian town of Norilsk, which has happened at least once before in the 1970s. It is reminiscent of a similar incident this past winter in Alaska and there is no reason to blame this…

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Polar Bears: Which Narrative to Believe?

Originally published May 1, 2019 in the Pacifica Tribune column What’s Natural by Jim Steele, republished here by request of the author. When polar bear expert Mitch Taylor modeled populations in the Baffin Bay region (west of Greenland) in the 1980s, he estimated between 300 and 600 bears. Inuit hunters protested his estimates were far…

Native American Wisdom on Polar bears and Kappiananngittuq:

By Jim Steele Native American Wisdom and Kappiananngittuq: Polar Bears and Bowhead whales published Pacifica Tribune April 17, 2019 What’s Natural column Native American Wisdom and Kappiananngittuq: Part 1 In 2010 Nunavut’s Minister of Environment Daniel Shewchuk wrote, “Inuit hunters have a close relationship with the land and wildlife. They have observed that the overall…