Scott Schliebe, a biologist and the polar-bear
project leader for the Fish and Wildlife Service, notes in a recent essay that polar bears
as a species have long had the advantage of having a relatively pristine habitat--one almost devoid of human presence.
Facing lawsuits by environmental groups, the administration responded by proposing to list the polar bear
as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
Traditional medicine has been driving an active trade in bear
bile and gallbladders, which produce it.
Wayne Hoffman, 31, of New York, agrees, adding, "Being a bear
is about many things: self-image, masculinity, camaraderie, social acceptance.
If somebody could produce scientific evidence to me that cancelling the spring bear
hunt has not accomplished (what we wanted) .
One of the more well-known examples of the forest's unique biodiversity is the kermode, or spirit bear
, a rare all-white sub-species of the black bear
that only lives in a remote area of the Great Bear
That gesture and the media coverage it received led to worldwide demand for a snuggly stuffed animal fashioned after the Louisiana black bear
(Ursus americanus luteolus).
Deciding to concentrate on the half-hour children's broadcast market, they have since gone on to create such high quality shows as Babar, Tintin and Little Bear
com that "a bad berry crop this year has forced the bears
to scrounge more for food" He believes that the bear
came up to the home because "there was a barbecue grill on the home's porch.