Wandering Polar Bears Are The New Ravenous Bears Falsely Blamed On Local weather Change: Déjà Vu

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From Polar Bear Science

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Dr. Susan Crockford

I stated final 12 months that wandering polar bears seemed to be the brand new ‘ravenous’ polar bears that had been previously the go-to victims falsely blamed on lack of ice due to climate change and right here we’re once more. Polar bear specialists and their cheer leaders so seldom disappoint.

Though not one of the Canadian news outlets that reported on the fats polar bear that was shot after unexpectedly showing up on the Gaspé peninsula two weeks ago blamed this incident on international warming, just a few days later The Guardian within the UK stepped up.

After all it did. My very own report of the incident is here, from 1 Might 2022, in case you missed it (with sea ice charts, as all the time).

Location of the place polar bear was shot, from CBC News report, 30 April 2022

Under you’ll positive the predictable narrative feed to the general public by the polar bear specialists contacted by The Guardian for his or her story, Canadian police fatally shoot polar bear that wandered into Quebec community: Bear had wandered lots of of kilometres south of species’ territory in incident consultants say may grow to be extra widespread [Leyland Cecco, 3 May 2022]

The bear is believed to have wandered in from sea ice north of the group, however would have wanted to swim parts of the St Lawrence River to achieve the northern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula.

It was shot useless on Sunday morning – an end result consultants say was inevitable.

“The second I heard about the place this bear was, I believed, ‘this can be a useless bear,’” stated Andrew Derocher, a professor of biology on the College of Alberta. “I fearful it was going to indicate up someplace the place it shouldn’t be, trigger an issue, and it’s going to get shot.”

“We’re seeing extra bears spend extra time on land – together with locations the place they haven’t been seen earlier than,” stated Geoff York, senior director at Polar Bears Worldwide. “The deck is absolutely being reshuffled for polar bears – they’ve much less consistency and variability. Issues which will have labored for them prior to now aren’t working for them right now.”

Bears spending extra time on the land means the chance of encounters with communities solely enhance, stated Derocher.

“I can’t draw a straight line between local weather change and occasions like this. However normally … these occasions are occurring increasingly more usually. And we predict that they’re going to grow to be extra widespread.”

Properly, I predict these occasions will enhance as effectively: due to sea ice current the place it normally types and extra bears than there was. That Gaspé bear wouldn’t have gotten there with out sea ice and being able to swimming long distances, for which polar bears are well-known.

Comply with up sea ice charts

This week, there may be nonetheless sea ice within the Gulf of St. Lawrence:

And much from being ‘much less ice’ than regular, the blue areas on the chart beneath indicated that is unusually considerable ice for this area (and for southern Labrador) for the 2nd week of Might:

There may be additionally considerable ice additional north within the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait (darkish inexperienced is thick first 12 months ice >1.2 metres thick):

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