Canada in mid­dle of pack on po­lar bear pro­tec­tion: World Wildlife Fund

Journal Pioneer - - CANADA -

Canada’s po­lar bear pro­tec­tion is get­ting good marks from an in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion group.

But the World Wildlife Fund says Canada could do bet­ter pro­tect­ing im­por­tant habi­tat and min­i­miz­ing threats to the iconic preda­tors.

The group is­sued its score­card on all five na­tions with bear pop­u­la­tions, grad­ing them on how they’ve ful­filled prom­ises made two years ago.

Canada is in the mid­dle of the pack, be­hind Nor­way but well ahead of Rus­sia. But po­lar bear sci­en­tist An­drew De­rocher, at the Univer­sity of Al­berta, says the score­card is too kind. He says Canada de­pends on pop­u­la­tion es­ti­mates that can be decades old and has done lit­tle to pre­pare for pos­si­ble in­dus­trial ac­ci­dents in an in­creas­ingly ac­ces­si­ble Arc­tic.

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