We all know
Polar Bears are at risk, right?
"Not so fast!"
says a new study completed by the Government of Nunavut
on the populations on the Western Coast of Hudson Bay. The populations are actually increasing in number
This is something that has long been argued
by Inuit who live in the area. (video)
Inuit are chaulking this up as a win for Inuit Traditional Knowledge
. The numbers are said to be confounding doomsayers.
Facts on this topic for discussion:
1.) Canada recently joined most of the rest of the world in listing Polar Bears as a species of special concern
, which essentially means a management plan must be developed.
2.) The polar bear is of economic
and, most importantly cultural value to the Inuit of Nunavut. The hunt is <>extensively managed in Nunavut.
3.) The WWF has warned of boycotts
, and says that it is taking the new polar bear numbers with a grain of salt
4.) A recent MacCleans article on the topic We're Shooting Polar Bears?
. (Release pre-recent Nunavut findings). Provides insight into mainstream Canadian media portrayl of Polar Bear populations.
The question that really got me posting this article in first place, aside from a general information to MeFi readers is: How do you view aboriginal "traditional knowledge" claims when they are made? Does this change your view? Most importantly:
What role does traditional knowledge
play in such a science heavy world?>