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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