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Scientists Admit Polar Bear Numbers Were Made Up to ‘Satisfy Public Demand’

Michael Bastasch — Daily Caller — May 31, 2014

This may come as a shocker to some, but scientists are not always right — especially when under intense public pressure for answers.

Researchers with the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) recently admitted to experienced zoologist and polar bear specialist Susan Crockford that the estimate given for the total number of polar bars in the Arctic was “simply a qualified guess given to satisfy public demand.”

Crockford has been critical of official polar bear population estimates because they fail to include five large subpopulations of polar bears. Due to the uncertainty of the populations in these areas, PBSG did not include them in their official estimate — but the polar bear group did include other subpopulation estimates.

PBSG has for years said that global polar bear populations were between 20,000 and 25,000, but these estimates are likely much lower than how many polar bears are actually living in the world.  Continue reading here….

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2 Comments on “Scientists Admit Polar Bear Numbers Were Made Up to ‘Satisfy Public Demand’”

  1. sandcanyongal May 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    The story is very conflicting. Crockford’s name isn’t on the list of scientists in their group. http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/science/polar-bear-scientists

    And who is Powerline? http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/05/the-settled-science-of-polar-bears.php

    To get down to the meat a potatoes of this story what is the point here? Maybe there are 30 or 50 thousand bears???

    The arctic is 5.427 million sq miles. Biologists need to be well funded to get head counts on polar bears. Sounds expensive and certainly not enough money to search the entire arctic to get accurate headcounts. Isn’t there a very short period of time when ships can get in and out? So again, what if there were 50,000 polar bears in 5.427 million square miles. Does this mean there are a lot of them or just a few?

  2. Jim Wiegand June 1, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    The bogus wind turbine mortality estimates given out by the industry are produced by people claiming to be scientists.

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