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New SCIENCE letter - Nunavut's ill-advised hunting proposal

Nunavut prepare to cull more of the female polar bears

10.05.2019 | Maria Kristina Holst Palner

Polar bear female with cubs by Rune Dietz

A reduction in female polar bear numbers can take decades to correct because of the slow reproduction of this species.

In relation to the recent polar bear regulation proposal, from Nunavut in Canada to its Wildlife Management Board, three professors from Aarhus University, Denmark, Christian Sonne, Aage K. O. Alstrup and Rune Dietz, published a letter in SCIENCE together with Bjørn Munro Jenssen from University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

Here they express their concern about the future population development for polar bears and future reproduction, if the hunting ratio between female and male bears are changed from 1:2 to a 1:1 ratio.

A total population collapse due to climate change have already been predicted to happen by the year 2100, and increasing reduction in female polar bears will only enhance the prediction and the possibility to maybe even facing total extinction. Read the whole letter in science today.

Havpattedyrforskning, Institut for Bioscience, Medarbejdere, Offentligheden / Pressen