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Palin Says Polar Bears are Secure. Science Says They're Eating One Another

Sarah Palin has said many times that the polar bear habitat is safe, and there’s no need to classify them as a “threatened” species.  Yet today comes word that as the Arctic sea ice melts, polar bears are finding less and less food sources and are beginning to cannibalize one another.

This shocking story came from CNN, and I had to pass it along.  In it, is this quote from Kassie Siegel, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity:

“The Arctic sea ice melt is a disaster for the polar bears.  They are dependent on the Arctic sea ice for all of their essential behaviors, and as the ice melts and global warming transforms the Arctic, polar bears are starving, drowning, even resorting to cannibalism because they don’t have access to their usual food sources.”

Several documented incidents of cannibalism have been reported to officials, and experts say the more the ice melts, the more stressful it will become on polar bears and other wildlife who depend on Arctic sea ice for their survival.

The U.S. Department of Interior listed the polar bear as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act last May, an action VP candidate, Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin denouced.

U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne put it this way:

“Loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat. This loss of habitat puts polar bears at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future, the standard established by the ESA for designating a threatened species.”

Scientists, according to the article, predict that within five years, the Arctic may be free of sea ice.  Where will the polar bears be, Sarah?

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10 comments
  1. digitap

    Polar bears are naturally cannibalistic. Whoever told you they aren’t isn’t familiar with them at all, and all those ‘qualifications’ on WHEN they are, are simply made up. The boars prowl around and kill, and eat, any babies they can find that aren’t their own offspring, and often, they’ll accidentally kill their own, if they’ve been in an excited state.

    The females will kill the young of others, too, especially if they’ve been in her range and are alone, and she’s hungry: all those together will lead to young being killed.

    The amount of cannibalism varies from bear to bear, with less per bear, being the norm: they usually eat a portion of the bear they kill, but the more aggressive boars, and the sows which are hungry, are more likely to eat a larger portion of the bear they kill.

    This kind of intentionally misleading story just makes ecology look like wacko science and should be checked much more closely before being put into print to make green readers everywhere look foolish.

    Many years ago conservative people used to join ecology clubs and spread dumb rumors so the people at rallies would repeate it, then the establishment people would reveal the actual facts, and voila, insta-foolish looks on progressive thinkers’ faces.

    Get the facts, and don’t exaggerate, because eventually every lie will get uncovered by someone with an axe to grind, and entire movements can be stopped that way.

  2. OMG

    Sarah Palin has again made the “news”. Truly, this high class trailer trash wastes as much space as Kim Kardashian. Come on, who gives a bloody rip what this fluff brained wack has to say about ANYTHING???

  3. jacory

    why? why is fred wrong? and what makes this story right? are you really so blind to see that they gave NO credible evidence to back up the story? the gave NO actual links between icemelting and polar bears behavior. they gave ONE example of a polar bear attacking another, but gave NO information linking it to the story. because something was written on cnn it has to be true? even if it gives no credible evidence? they even stated we’ve only been paying attention to the amounts of ice for the past 50yrs. what was it at 50yrs before that? 600yrs before that? we DON’T KNOW. so, we have no real basis to try to say that it is all melting.
    here is the number one credible thing to burn into your memories. the article stated, “Some scientists believe that in just five years, the Arctic may be ice-free during the summer.” remember this. so that in 5yrs, when it is nowhere near true, maybe then you will stop being sheep and believing every stupid story printed and every doomsayer prophet with no credible evidence.

  4. Tim Worthers

    yea fred i dont know where you get your info but its is very wrong the polar bears are dieing and we need to help them GO OBAMA BIDEN!!!

  5. Fred

    Sorry guys but Palin is correct on this one. CNN is full of B.S. as is the rest of the AGW religion. The Polar Bears are doing fine as is the sea ice.

  6. Susan

    As an Alaska resident, I have to say that Palin could care less about our environment and endangered species. The polars are losing this battle and she wants to take them off the endangered species list so that the oil companies (where her husband is employed[?]) can drill and destroy the remainder of the species. GO OBAMA!!!

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