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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

A 60 kill limit of Polar Bears is in effect for East of Hudson Bay(quebec and Ontario).............Inuit first nations peoples want a larger quota than 60 as they say there are several hundred Polar Bears living in the region and they are not in danger of blinking out.............Ontario's Dept of Natural Resources will do an aerial survey of the polar bear population and then make their recommendations on future quotas for the region

Voluntary quota of 60 for east Hudson Bay polar bear population will remain: GN

"We don't think there's an imminent threat to the population"
For now, the quota of 60 for the polar bear population in eastern Hudson Bay stands. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
For now, the quota of 60 for the polar bear population in eastern Hudson Bay stands. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
The voluntary quota agreement for the eastern Hudson Bay polar bear population will be extended for another year. That's so an aerial survey of the population can be completed, Drikus Gissing, the Nunavut government's director of wildlife management, said in a recent interview.

The voluntary harvest is 60 polar bears, which includes 25 for Nunavut, 26 for Quebec, and nine for Cree living in Quebec and Ontario.

After discussion about the size of the shared population, Quebec and Nunavut decided a new population estimate would produce a more accurate harvest limit.

A survey done last year by Ontario's department of natural resources covered only the coastline of Ontario. But Inuit from Quebec and from Sanikiluaq in Nunavut believe that there are more polar bears than observed.  During the summer polar bears can be found on Hudson Bay and James Bay islands, Gissing said.
Although talks continue between Quebec and Nunavut, the management boards from both jurisdictions have agreed in principle to the survey, he said.

This allows time for the aerial survey "to get a full picture of what the population estimate is before we set a new total allowable harvest." Two years ago the harvest was about 110 polar bears. Nunavut's harvest limit was 25, but there were no quotas set for Nunavik hunters.
  "Suddenly, their harvest increased dramatically," Gissing said.
However, parties are "working together to make sure that the harvest continues to be sustainable." This year, the total harvest was 48, under the quota of 60, so "we don't think there's an imminent threat to the population," Gissing said.
  There are still a few hundred polar bears in that population, he added. "We just aren't sure of the exact number, when we have an exact number we will set a total allowable harvest," he said.
All parties – including those from Quebec, Ontario, the Nunavut Marine Board and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board — will develop the management of the Hudson Bay polar bear population.

  "There's a lot of parties involved in this discussion to ensure sustainability of this population," Gissing said.But Gissing couldn't say when a total allowable harvest for the polar bears will be set.
First, biologists will analyze the information from the aerial survey.
Although the aerial method is well-suited to the flat terrain of the western Hudson Bay coastline, and costs less than on-the-ground methods, it "might take time for them to analyze it and write up the report," Gissing said — possibly as long as two or three months or even up to a year. "We're hoping as soon as possible after the surveys obviously," he said.

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