January 17, 2009
No consensus at Canadian polar bear summit
The first Canadian federal summit on the environmental plight of polar bears has concluded with considerable differences of opinion in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice hosted the meeting of scientists, wildlife officials and Inuit leaders, the Globe and Mail reported Saturday.
Forty or 50 years ago, our camping areas were not invaded by these animals, he said Friday.
The current population is stable. It is not constructive to exaggerate that situation.
Harry Flaherty, chair of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, agreed and said scientists were politicizing the bears' status.
They are using the polar bear as a tool, a tool to fight climate change, Flaherty said.
Hey shouldn't do that. The polar bear will survive. It has been surviving for thousands of years.