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Polar Bears Starving to Death in Hudson Bay

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Dramatic new video footage shows the dire consequences of climate inaction for polar bears. The video, shot on November 23, 2010 on the western shores of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada, shows an undernourished polar bear mother and her two starving cubs

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Ralph R Sutton (56)
Saturday December 18, 2010, 7:12 pm
As sad as this is, has anyone ever considered the cause might just be because there are too many polar bears in the area and have reduced the available food supply. You have to go all the way back to 2002 to find ice on the western shores of Hudson Bay on November 23. It varies from year to year. Some years there is some ice, other years there is a lot and some years there is no ice. 1981 was one of the years there was no ice; that would be around the time the last little cooling spell came to an end, but you can't blame that year on global warming, because in 1982, 1983 and 1984 there was a LOT of ice on the western shores. As a matter of fact in 1984 and 1985 more than half of Hudson Bay was covered in ice on November 23rd.

Nancy sands (448)
Saturday December 18, 2010, 7:49 pm
Can't we float some other kind of material there for them to climb on?

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 18, 2010, 8:03 pm
What can we do to help????!!!! I know that we can conserve more and consume less. Eating veg reduces carbon and other problems by 505 to 100%. Karma is everything.

Kim Worrell (0)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 7:16 am
It is not that there are too many polar bears, it is that there are way too many humans! We are the cause for many problems in the environment and world as a whole. Population is one of the main contributors to many issues involving the environment. We consume far too much and destroy everything in our path with no consideration for other species.

Jeanne P (1)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 7:41 am
This is so sad! I hope they find a solution to help the bears

Karin M (43)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 8:06 am
Noted with sadness. ((and I have flag tha spam ad posted by Dxhfgjg D.))

Theresa C (1)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 8:39 am
This is very sad :(! If only everyone would try to help, because just a few won't make that big of a difference

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 8:55 am
They should have transported these polar bears to another area instead video taping their suffering. Typical human reaction when they care more about their photo opportunity rather than doing the right thing to prevent further cruelty by watching this suffering.
Shame on them for not stepping up to do the right thing.
I like humans less and less everyday.

Jeramie D (32)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 9:26 am
I wish there were more polar bears and fewer humans who are messing up the earth.

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 9:45 am
By the way...too many polar bears...??
How about too many HUMANS?

I had to refrain from commenting on that one for a minute before I posted something more meanspirited than I intended.
But then the more I thought about it the angier I got.
We are killing off our planets wildlife one species at a time, and getting better excuses for that truth every single day.
It is because people fail to educate themselves about wildlife, and humans still hold the wrong assumption that the human species is more important than any and all other living species.
It is the human speceis that has become so arrogant that they believe that they are the be all, end all that is important.
This planet balanced itself quite nicely before the human species evolved to where they have overtaken the planet like a virus that refuses to adapt and learn to SHARE THIS PLANET WITH OTHER SPECIES.
Not a hard concept to wrap your head around really.
The human animal continues act first, think last, and never learns that they cause more damage to this planet than any other living species ever has in this planets existance.

Most the the planet has been left with the humans scars everywhere they go.
Humans cannot stop themselves from wanting stuff, throwing away stuff, dumping stuff, creating more stuf to dump stuff every single day of their existance.
Humans refuse to share the sandbox, and destroy other species just because they can.
They are the most wasteful living species on the planet.
Yet they still fail to learn that this planet IS NOT just theirs to use and abuse.
For a supposedly intelligent creature humans have continued to fail in learning to change their actions or their behavior.
Yes humans have evolved into a virus that continues to destroy everything they I don't believe that believe we have advanced too much in our human history.
We have become better liars and manipulators.
We just become better at becoming better at sticking our heads in the sand and living in a state of denial.
Why admit that we have made mistakes?
When it is easier to blame the state of the planet on everything else besides ourselves?

William Harmon (11)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 9:50 am
It's obvious we must keep up the pressure on our politicians. Do your homework before casting votes.Trust me the Tea Party isn't the way.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 10:24 am
Horrible - cross-posted.

. (1)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 10:38 am
Noted. Thank you Elena.

Kathleen B (272)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 10:44 am
We need to convince Finland and Sweden to ship the carcasses of the sea lions that they habitually slaughter to Alaska and Canada to feed the Polar Bears.

minkie amoroso (10)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 11:02 am
That was horrible, I feel so sorry for them. When in Alaska, several years ago, we took a plane ride and got to see them and cubs. What a wonderful site to see, Mom with babies, climbing all over her. And then to hear this, how devastating.

We need to keep up the petitions and riding the backs of OUR ELE#CTED OFFICIALS to pass the right laws.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 11:48 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing!

Isabelle J (81)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 12:24 pm
This is so sad !

Suzanne L (3)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 12:37 pm
People get out there and give them food! Or humanly move them to a better area!

Cindy C (125)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 1:00 pm
oh no that is so sad

Laverne Wallace (59)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 1:29 pm
And man stirkes again.

URSULA shannon (3)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 1:40 pm
Kim Worrell Thank you, you said it all

Linda P (0)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 3:28 pm
So sad, these are such beautiful animals. I agree with Kim Worrell also. We humans have not done a good job at all.

Sharon l (20)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 4:09 pm
Sorry, I could not force myself to watch the video. I just can't willingly watch animals suffer without the ability to help them. Global warming is obviously the cause... Of course the human population only concerns itself with it's own problems and wants, disregarding the needs and wants of the planet. Too little, too late...

Charlene Rush (2)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 4:29 pm
Only humans make waste. Animals don't destroy the planet. People do. Our greed and need for convenience are high on the list of problems we cause.

What is the answer? I only wish I knew.

Teresa K (33)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 4:37 pm
Sadly noted thanks.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 4:47 pm
Noted with tremendous sorrow for the Polar Bears and for our ailing planet.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 4:59 pm
The images of that poor, helpless mother and her beautiful, ailing cubs will stay with me for a long time to come. :'(

Sunny k (47)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 5:17 pm
I cried by watching this video~~It really is sad for all the polar bears~~ Did you how skinny mother bear was???
By GASH~~ thhey must been starving for coupe months~ I creid how baby polar was dieing!! It really So SAD!!
I feel like I jst wanted to take that baby bears~ I wish I was there help them out~!! REALLY WANTED TO THERE FOR THEM! JUST SO SO SAD!

Kim O (396)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 5:38 pm
Noted, thanks Elena! I agree 100% with Wolfweeps. Humans are the worst thing that ever happened to this planet.

Judith H (27)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 6:38 pm

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 9:07 pm
I thank you for the green stars.
But I thank Elena for submitting this story because I just couldn't do it.

I live in the Interior of Alaska, and the Artic is just at the end of the highway from my home......just up the Elliot Highway 125 miles.

The polar bears are just a hop skip and a jump from where I live, and it is so hard to watch the video because it tears at my heart and soul knowing that their world is changing as the result of human actions.
The air that overhangs Fairbanks in the winter during the winter is held hostage by the pollution from many reasons...all by human actions.
The air space above and surrounding Fairbanks in the winter is held captive by foul air from car exhaust and wood stoves, and coal burning stoves. People who have breathing problems are encouraged NOT to venture outside in the sub zero temperatures because the air is too bad.

That is why it frustrates me to no end for people refusing to accept global warming. It is fact I see everyday. Thats why I live far north of Fairbanks because it is too hard to breath the air and to know that so many people are in denial. It does effect our Bolar Bears.....

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 9:09 pm
Sorry...POLAR small wihite Polar Kitty is sitting in my lap insisting that it is her time...not internet time.....*S*

Have a good evening folks....*S*

Blacktiger P (247)
Sunday December 19, 2010, 10:14 pm
What can we do to help the polar bears?? Well that is the heartbreaking question.We can't move them to Antartica because that jet lag of seasons won't work either. So will you give up your mansion homes, Giant Hummers, WAR machines,factory prepared food, factory prepared everything, etc. etc. etc.????? No not likely so I guess instead of watching action movies we could watch bears die, water birds dripping oil, many animals dying either by neglect,uncaring, or just plain greed.

Veronique L (209)
Monday December 20, 2010, 1:11 am
Thank you for sharing!

Paul Carter Block (28)
Monday December 20, 2010, 1:11 am
This is heartbreaking. And it is just the beginning. All those ACC-deniers should be forced to watch this footage. It is not simply a female animal and its dying cub. This is a mother and the children that she has suffered and striven for and whose deaths she will mourn as any human mother would . This is what your smug denial of reality is allowing to happen. You can turn your backs on the truth for only so long.

Cristina M (137)
Monday December 20, 2010, 1:24 am
This is one of the saddest things. Polar bears are one of the must visible consequences of climate change and still some people out there deny it or simply don't care.

Gloria p (304)
Monday December 20, 2010, 1:27 am
This is really horrible. Global warming is really happening.

michelle t (41)
Monday December 20, 2010, 1:27 am
This is digusting.Save these beautiful polar bears.Ship food in to them or relocate them to a safe food abundant area.DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday December 20, 2010, 2:58 am
With the Arctic ice receding, polar bears are starving, drowning, and even resorting to cannibalism as a result of the lack of access to their normal food sources.

Read more:

Not "too many polar bears" - too many humans killing off the polar bears' food!

janet f (29)
Monday December 20, 2010, 5:35 am
This is so tragic. How can people still deny global warming? They'll come around when it's too late to do anything about it.

Elena P (549)
Monday December 20, 2010, 6:14 am
I wholeheartedly agree with many of you. Thank you for bringing this tragedy to the front page - the more people realize that it is real, the better.

Edward Palma (15)
Monday December 20, 2010, 6:44 am
I cannot understand why it is so hard to convince the climate deniers that our living environment is changing for the worse, Probably because they are so in bed with Big Oil, Coal and Gas and the rest of the corporate polluting scum that they don't want the dollars slipping from their greedy little hands. It is all of our duty as living inhabitants of this planet to protect Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. Our wildlife is a global treasure that we are directly responsible for. When will we as a global population begin to value all life equally, not just human life. It is the highest form of arrogance that we do not protect our wildlife and create a world that they can survive in. Instead we allow corporate polluters to attack and rape our living environment resulting in the decimation of critical habitat that these poor creatures need to survive. The sad part is that we are not only eliminating wildlife species but eventually we will be eliminating ourselves also. Many of us seem to forget that we as humans are directly connected to nature along with our wildlife brethren. What happens to the wildlife will eventually happen to us. We must band together as "living beings" and end corporate polluting, make the polluters accountable, and rescue our living environment.

Andrea Connelly (94)
Monday December 20, 2010, 10:19 am
I always admired them for being so seemingly invincible, formidable, a force to reckon with, a true part of the North. For these incredible, proud creatures to come to this pathetic state of being, is just horrifying.
A shame on us humans, who deserve and will probably come to the same end, and corporate profits will be of absolutely no help whatsoever.

Lisa N (206)
Monday December 20, 2010, 10:34 am
Breaks my heart!!!

Latonya W (82)
Monday December 20, 2010, 10:45 am
Too many polar bears????????????? Try too many damn humans having babies after babies...To top it all of its not like we have compassionate humans here we have selfish humans.........

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 1:49 am

leanne Torio (244)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 8:04 am
I hope our Prime Minister Stephen Harper watches this video as he allows trophy hunting of our polar bears - rich amiericans come and spend $35,000 to kill an adult male - sick sob's I hope any hunter that comes and kills our bears - rot in hell you dirty rotton pieces of shit!

tom Booth (84)
Tuesday December 21, 2010, 10:48 am
heartbreaking- sucks- it saddens me yet pisses me off more

jane richmond (10)
Thursday December 23, 2010, 5:30 pm

Dianne D (490)
Friday December 24, 2010, 12:59 pm
Breaks my heart because man is the cause of this and aren't doing a thing about it. We need to control the human population.

Christine Stewart (134)
Friday December 24, 2010, 6:29 pm
Someone needs to make blocks of fish heads/ lard/ whatever that could nourish the polar bears until the ice sets and they can hunt- use helicopters to airlift the blocks of food away from human settlements so the bears can eat in peace.

leanne Torio (244)
Monday January 17, 2011, 8:38 am
I have gone back to this site after showing my friend the baby polar bear dying and since then Stephen Harper (PM of Canada) has sold our Country to the devil by signing a trade agreement to ship all the seal meat, oil and pelts to guess who CHINA, yes thats right, the EU banned seal products from Canada and so now they found a new market to China that is for way way more than ever! The polor bears eat seals, now China eats them and our polar bears starve. I cannot describe my grief about hearing this news!
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