I hate to hear the news that another polar bear has been spotted on the island. Not because I am particularly fearful of the majestic animals, but because I fear for them.
Apparently, another bear has hitched a ride on the floating sea ice that has drifted south while they fed on the large seal populations. This one is hanging out on the Northern Peninsula near Roddickton. Polar bear sightings are not all that rare at end of March and early April, in years that the coastal waters are full of ice and seals.
What I do not understand is why these endangered species are not sedated, collected and transported back to the arctic, where they belong. Polar bears are large powerful animals.In 2004, Environment Canada researchers concluded that the numbers of polar bears was on a steep decline. That sparked worldwide concern about
the future of the bears and prompted the Canadian and American governments to
introduce legislation to protect them.
However, there has been a debate amongst Inuit hunters, research organizations, the federal and territorial governments about the future of the animals. Yesterday the the Government of Nunavut released a report that indicates the population is 66 per cent higher than previously estimated. One can only speculate that the increased harp seal population has to have provided the bears with plenty of food setting the stage for a renewed population in the Eastern Arctic.
Apparently, Wildlife Officials only take action when the animals become a danger to the public.
Two polar bears have been killed by the RCMP/Wildlife over the past week. One would think that officials would be prepared to deal with the issue of humanely transporting these endangered species when the ice conditions are favorable for their arrival.