Given the real impacts global warming has already imposed on polar bear habitat, most people believe polar bears are protected. If they know polar bear hunting occurs, they believe it is minimal, well managed and careful, a traditional practice followed by only a small number of people indigenous to the Arctic. We tend to believe such hunting is ‘sustainable’ and for ‘subsistence’ purposes, and not a real threat to polar bears. But what does the evidence say?
Ole J. Liodden