Polar bears aren’t in as much danger as scientists say. Recently, polar bear numbers have been increasing. Compared to 1950s, the population has risen five times more until 2008.
In fact, the reason why the numbers started rising was because of the push to stop excessive hunting.
The only reason why the push to help polar bears started was because of a video of an emaciated polar bear uploaded by National Geographic in 2017. Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, the ones who shot the video, explained that the polar bear was not supposed to represent the dangers of habitat loss. Instead, the interpretation was misguided. The polar bear was supposed to provoke thought as to what if climate change made polar bears look like the polar bear in the video.
As far as habitat loss goes, yes, habitat loss is a problem for polar bears. It is proven that the ice is melting and forcing them away from familiar territory. However, polar bears are very resilient. They store fat so that they don’t starve and become dehydrated as easily. If there is still some prey around, they will be alright.
With, every piece of information about the polar bear decline should be taken with a grain of salt. The polar bears aren’t dying as rapidly as scientists make it seem. In fact, the animal has been doing much better since the mid-20th century. It should be noted that, yes, climate change should be monitored to prevent a horrible future. But the polar bears aren’t going extinct anytime soon.