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Polar Bears Need Help

Updated on June 20, 2016
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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

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.

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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    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.

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    Rick Zimmerman 

    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 imageAUTHOR


    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.

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    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 imageAUTHOR


    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    9 years ago

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

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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks stars439. Appreciate your comment.

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    9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Great Article. God Bless


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