According to Blacklock’s Reporter:
'Science and Inuit Quajimajatuquangit (traditional knowledge) are now observing higher numbers of polar bears, and the management goals are more focused on maintaining or reducing numbers in communities and sensitive areas, i.e. bird colonies' according to a federal report, Species At Risk In Nunavut.
"Inuit are concerned about this increasing number of encounters and property damage by polar bears. This may be due to a combination of factors including rising population numbers in some areas and a reduction in sea ice duration and extent."
According to Blacklock's, which first published the findings of the Species at Risk report Tuesday morning, "bear population numbers up to 16,000 in the territories, Labrador and northern Manitoba and Québec."
Catherine McKenna, in 2017 and at the time Canada's Liberal environment and climate change minister, used a National Geographic video of an ill and aged polar bear in the throes of natural death in the wild as evidence of a climate change-induced species extinction.
But facts of polar bear populations did not line up with the blame McKenna wanted to place on the SUVs of Canadians. Bear populations as a whole are increasing, although some regions are seeing a small decline, which the migration of bears may cause.
Noted polar bear population researcher Susan Crockford examined recent claims that a population of polar bears, specifically in Churchill, MB, is declining in numbers due to dwindling sea ice (caused allegedly by climate change), which, in turn, caused a decline in the ringed seal population, the bears' main source of food.
However, the sea ice levels in the area have remained relatively stable for the last five years.
Back to the drawing board, fearmongers!