A Slippery Slope to Extinction

A young Polar Bear is huddled by its mother on a cold Arctic day in Southern Greenland. They are enjoying the fish that the mom just caught.  Something that has become rare to find in recent years as ice has become scarcer.  All of a sudden a crack comes in between the mother and young bear.  The ice breaks apart and the young Polar Bear is suddenly drifting away from the icy shore and into the dark Northern Atlantic.  The mom cries out to her lost son, but it is no use.  The young Polar Bear is gone forever.  The young bear travels for seven straight days on the drifted iceberg.  Finally, he looks up and sees the Statue of Liberty.  The Polar Bear is now lost in The Big Apple.  New York City is not the place for a young Polar Bear used to the icy conditions in Greenland.  Why did the Polar Bear get there in the first place?  Polar Bears are cold-weather mammals that rely on ice and snow in order to survive and thrive.  With climate change becoming very real, the bright days for Polar Bears may so long be history and their inevitable extinction may be nearer than people believe.

The lost Polar Bear was sent adrift by a crack in the ice and lost from his family forever.  Although most Polar Bears will not make it to New York City, the Polar Bear population is in serious trouble.  Climate change is causing ice to melt at an alarming rate and the Polar Bears are losing the place they have called home for their entire existence.  Their population sizes are decreasing at an alarming rate and swimming conditions are becoming very dangerous to their well-being.  Fewer hunting opportunities are leading to extreme scarcity of foods for the endangered mammals.  It is projected by the U.S. Geological Survey that two thirds of Polar Bears will disappear by the year 2050.  In some areas, near the Hudson Bay of Canada, all of the ice disappears in the summertime and the Polar Bears are forced to live on land, where they eat little to nothing.  The ice-less periods has caused the Polar Bear’s seal hunting season to be cut by 20 days.  Due to the low hunting season and loss of ice, average Polar Bear weight has dropped 15 percent.  If current trends continue, Polar Bears will become extinct within the next 30-40 years.  Action is needed to slow this trend and save the Polar Bear population before it is too late.  We can all make a difference and save the Polar Bears through small steps.  But unless we each do something, nothing will change.

References:

“Global Warming and Polar Bears.” National Wildlife Federation. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.

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One thought on “A Slippery Slope to Extinction

  1. randypeppler February 19, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Your example is interesting – it could probably never happen, but it’s a good story. I would like for you to consult more sources going forward. The idea for this first post was to introduce some questions that you can then answer in subsequent sections. One thing that’s happening in places like Alaska is that the polar bears are entering populated areas and scavenging for food – something they’ve never done before. This is a good, important topic, so I hope you will give it the attention it deserves. 43 out of 50 points.

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