Climate Change & the Native Harvest of Bears in Canada (Lily Peacock)

Video Shot in: 2010

Polar bear biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Lily Peacock discusses the effects of climate change on polar bear populations and emphasizes the importance of monitoring polar bear harvests. While climate change is likely the primary factor impacting polar bears, monitoring harvests (in Canada native people still hunt the polar bear for food) is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, continuing to harvest polar bears adds to the overall decline caused by climate change. Secondly, climate change is expected to increase polar bears’ interactions with humans, leading to a potential increase in harvest rates. Additionally, due to the heightened international scrutiny surrounding polar bears and their conservation, understanding the impacts of a harvest on bear populations is essential.