ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • Life Sciences

Polar Bears Need Help

Updated on June 20, 2016
by FisherOfMen07
by FisherOfMen07

Everyone loves bears. Cuddly, fat, chubby, soft bears. Maybe it stems back to when we were young, and for Christmas we received that big cute teddy bear with a bow around its neck. We would sleep with it every single night. It brought a sense of security, like a blanket. 

Bears fascinate even grownups. Humans will even go long distances in cruise ships in icy cold weather to merely catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. It is a fact that polar bear tourism is booming in Alaska as of late. They have several polar bear tours that take tourists out on boats to look for polar bears.

The ultimate trip would include seeing a mother with her two cubs, as long as it wasn’t too close. Unfortunately, the polar bears are a threatened species, and it has been estimated that they may be extinct in less than a half century.

Could it be that the curiosity of the tourists may indeed accelerate their extinction? Some people think they would like to see them before they are all gone. The native people need the jobs that the increased interest in the bears has created. But will these increased polar bear tours jeopardize the bear’s lives?

Local residents and tourism officials are addressing concerns about watching these polar bears without affecting their safety and livelihood. Officials collaborate with locals who have lived around the bears all of their lives. Their knowledge and experience with the bears is invaluable in their continued protection.

Polar bears mostly eat whales, another species that was on the extinction list, but have recently been taken off. Hopefully we will be able to say the same thing about the polar bears too, but if global warming continues and human activities continue to grow, they may not be so lucky.

Only by going to the icy cold of the north that lasts nearly all year, can you see the polar bears in their natural habitat. It has been said that if polar bears diminish, it will be a huge warning sign that the human family too may be in imminent danger.

Is it worth it to have a close encounter with a polar bear? From the increased bookings on arctic cruises and polar bear tours, many people think so. In areas where the population of polar bears has stayed pretty steady, the bear’s body condition and survival rates have declined.

With less ice, some of the polar bears are adapting to the warmer climates, but they prefer colder areas. Also, the movement of the polar bears closer to communities has resulted in a greater danger to children and the community. Because the polar bears are hungry, they will go wherever they can find food. And, in doing so they risk being shot as community members try to protect family and property. Should we stop these polar bear tours? That is a question that begs to be answered.

Do You Think Polar Bear Tours need to be stopped

See results

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • elayne001 profile image
    Author

    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Congrats to you rickzimmerman on your great achievement. You are my idol. I am nearly half-way there. Thanks for sharing so many great ones.

  • rickzimmerman profile image

    rickzimmerman 7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    elayne: I'm for using environmentally and wildlife conscious tours to help pay for polar bear habitat conservation. Good hub! I am also celebrating reaching my 500th Hub with a special holiday greeting to my followers! May this Festive Season bring you Warmth, Friendship and Happiness, no matter when or how or with whom you celebrate! To add to your holiday merriment, I offer all of my hubs devoted to this time of year: All About Santa; The Polar Bear; Kris Kringle, the College Years; An Alphabetical Christmas; All About the North Pole; Enjoy Reindeer; and, of course, Little-Known Santas No. 1 through No. 17! Enjoy!

  • elayne001 profile image
    Author

    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your comments PegCole17. It is a great balancing act between us and the animals of the earth isn't it? Appreciate your stopping by.

  • PegCole17 profile image

    Peg Cole 8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Good question and one that rings true of zoos and aquariums as well. Sometimes a child may be inspired by one glimpse of a real animal and that experience creates a life goal to help and protect that species. Who really knows?

  • elayne001 profile image
    Author

    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your comments about polar bears and swans salt. I appreciate it and hope we can all live together in harmony.

  • salt profile image

    salt 8 years ago from australia

    Thankyou - You have written about an amazing topic which is close to my heart. The child in me asked, if the polar ice caps melt, what will happen to the polar bears?

    And, even swans that are hand fed by some who love them, become over used to humans and if one nips a child, suddenly they are dangerous ... not that humans have imposed on their space and not taken care of their own.

  • elayne001 profile image
    Author

    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I agree Katrina. Since the animals can't speak for themselves, we need to do our very best to give them every chance in this world.

  • Katrina Ariel profile image

    Katrina Ariel 8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

    It's always so tricky to weigh the risks between tours and the animals. Same with whale and dolphin tours. I think it's important to keep raising awareness of the animals, and then just let them be, or ensure that any tours are regulated by scientists who are looking out for the bears' best interests - not money in their pockets.

  • profile image

    Liana 8 years ago

    Thank you for your hub. I love polar bears :)

  • profile image

    Jake 8 years ago

    I

  • elayne001 profile image
    Author

    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks stars439. Appreciate your comment.

  • stars439 profile image

    stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Great Article. God Bless

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)