Motivating People, Managing Bears: The 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop

  A bear is running at you at 30 mph, 44 feet per second, if it is 88 feet away, will be on you in 2 seconds flat. Bear spray takes roughly 2-5 seconds to deploy, and while it is roughly 92% effective. Firearms can be easier to use but are often slightly less effective …

In Search of Nanuq: The Inuit Culture of Polar Bear Hunting

Everything around you is a sea of white. The sun reflecting off a landscape of snow and ice would blind you if it weren’t for the protection of your goggles. Distance is hard to judge in this barren landscape, but nearby—much too close for comfort—stands a polar bear. It eyes you suspiciously, perhaps even hungrily, …

Pre-CITES Win: Polar Bears Off CoP17 Agenda

Anti-Hunting Groups Strike Out with Polar Bear Science Something big is missing from the CITES agenda at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) this month in Johannesburg. In an early win for Safari Club and for the first time in years of debate, polar bears will not be discussed on the CITES floor. Fighting anti-hunting …

Issue of the Week: Polar Bear

Biologists estimate there are roughly 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the world. More than 60% of the world’s polar bears (an estimated 16,000) live in Canada. Most of these bears are found in Canada’s far northern Nunavut Territory, a remote, sparsely inhabited area whose population is mostly Inuit. Canada’s Inuit and other native people …

World’s Largest Wildlife Trade Convention Rejects Polar Bear Trade Ban

    World’s Largest Wildlife Trade Convention Rejects Polar Bear Trade Ban For Immediate Release: March 7, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand –  A six month diplomatic initiative by the U.S. State Department and the Department of the Interior to list the polar bear as an endangered species under Appendix I of CITES failed today. The 178 nations …

Serious Trade Concerns about Polar Bears Loom at Outset of CoP 16

Three years ago, the parties to CITES soundly rejected a U.S. proposal to up-list the polar bear to Appendix I at the 15th Conference of Parties (CoP15). The U.S. again is asking the parties to consider the up-listing, this time with support by Russia. The up-listing proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the …