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Polar Bear Hunting Banned In Russia This Year

Polar Bear Hunting Banned In Russia This Year

Thanks to the efforts of a conservation group tied with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, open season for hunting polar bears has been canceled in Russia this year.

A Russian-U.S. commission last year agreed to restrict polar bear hunting to 29 animals per year for each country, reports the Associated Press. But the Polar Bear program, established under Putin’s patronage, said this week that Russia had waived its quota for bear hunting.

In 2010, the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission met in Anchorage, Alaska to lift the 50-year ban on polar bear hunting for the benefit of indigenous peoples in Alaska and in far-eastern Russia across the Bering Strait.

At that time, the Commision decided the annual take would be limited to 19 females and 39 males per year (it has been estimated that hunting and poaching accountsfor 100 polar bear deaths a year). It was also agreed that quota numbers would be re-evaluated every year based on scientific data.

“Measures taken by Russia will ensure that the United States will be killing at least 70 polar bears fewer than before, which, according to Russian specialists, will help to sustain and boost the population of this beautiful Arctic animal,” members of The Polar Bear Program said in a statement posted on Putin’s official website.

Last year Putin, a longtime defender of large endangered animals, helped Russian scientists put a tracking collar on a sedated male polar bear. Before leaving the bear, he patted the animal affectionately, shook his paw and said “take care” (AP).

According to Polar Bear International (PBI), “scientists have concluded that the threat to polar bears is ecological change in the Arctic from global warming. Polar bears depend on sea ice for hunting, breeding, and in some cases, denning. Summer ice loss in the Arctic now equals an area the size of Alaska, Texas, and the state of Washington combined.”

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Image Credit: Polar Bears International

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2:02PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

thanks

1:18PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Thank you Russia. You people have shown the world that you care for the god's creations..."The Beautiful and defenceless animals" My Hats off to you RUSSIA.

4:43PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thank you.

4:42PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Thank you.

12:54PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Bellissima notizia,grazie.

10:07PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Kudos Russia!!

6:38AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

One has to give Putin credit for minding nature

6:18AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Good job Russia. How come we can't get this protection in Canada?

3:29PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

That's the first step for this madness!

2:50PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

good for them :)

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