Square Peg: Churchill Wants Fewer Polar Bears Shipped South

4. Dec. 2017

     A glaring omission from this story is how the cubs become orphans in the first place.  Here in the south, untold numbers of black bear cubs are orphaned during the spring bear "hunt".  This heinous activity involves setting out stations baited with fatty, calorie-dense foods to attract bears who are in a state of semi-starvation after a winter of hibernation.   The very brave "hunters" shoot down on them from above on stands in the surrounding trees. Because determining the sex of the bears from such an angle is virtually impossible, females are inevitably killed and their cubs are left on their own to starve to death.

     Given that polar bears are apex predators,  one must wonder if it is unethical hunting practices that are also leading to the deaths of so many mothers.  Perhaps our conversation should revolve around preventing that from happening instead of deciding the fate of the resulting orphans.

By Ansgar Walk - photo taken by Ansgar Walk, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=689988
Polar Bear: By Ansgar Walk - photo taken by Ansgar Walk

RE: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/churchill-wants-fewer-polar-bears-shipped-south-461792683.html

Debbie Wall responds to https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/churchill-wants-fewer-polar-bears-shipped-south-461792683.html

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