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Bears change menu
THE DAILY PRESS ^ | 12/26/2009 | RON GRECH

Posted on 12/26/2009 6:15:16 AM PST by ricks_place

Arctic char is now on the bears' menu at the Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village in Cochrane.

The recent change was prompted by a university study of the polar bears' adaptability to various diets. Arctic char is part of the bears' natural diet in the wild.

Markus Dyke, who lived in Nunavut for 11 years and taught science at the Arctic College in Iqaluit, has been conducting the study for a PhD he's working on through the Department of Biology at Queen's University in Kingston.

Dyke said the idea for the study was triggered by environmentalists who suggest global warming and the subsequent melting of polar ice shelves could threaten the future of polar bears as a species. Polar bears in the Arctic live on ice all year round and use it as a platform from which to hunt and raise their young.

Seals and fish are their primary source of food in the Far North.

Dyke doesn't deny that an increased likelihood of polar bear drowning because climate change is warming the Arctic ice shelf.

"I'm not trying to debunk these theories," he said. "But some have a very bleak outlook on the future of polar bears. It's worth looking at the whole scenario.

"They are smart, opportunistic animals. There are some polar bear populations that may be able to survive better than others because they have the resources to feed on a variety of different diets."

Since August, Dyke has been conducting a series of trial diets at the Polar Bear Habitat, with Nanook, the male bruin at the Cochrane facility. There is also a female bear at the facility named Bisitek, but Dyke said she had some health issues and was not part of the study.

Over the course of a dozen days, Nanook was fed seal meat and fat. He was weighed, his feces analyzed and observations were made about his energy levels.

Similar data was collected over another trial period where he was fed Arctic char and then another period where he was provided with a diet primarily of blueberries.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalwarming; polarbears; wildlife
Fish is back on the menu, Polar Bears!
1 posted on 12/26/2009 6:15:20 AM PST by ricks_place
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To: ricks_place
MISLEADING HEADLINE ALERT.

Bears Change Menu is not correct.

Humans Change Menu of Bears is more like it.

Although "menu" implies a choice on the part of the diner.

So it should be:

Humans Change Rations of Bears

2 posted on 12/26/2009 6:21:54 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ricks_place

They’d grow fat and flourish on a nice, steady diet of environmentalists.


3 posted on 12/26/2009 6:22:47 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Obey the law, or you'll go to prison and be raped.)
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To: ricks_place
Just for the record, polar bears do fine on dry land. Whole bunch of them around Hudson Bay where there is no year-around "ice sheet." The idea of polar bears "drowning" is childish Algorean BS.
4 posted on 12/26/2009 6:24:25 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: ricks_place
increased likelihood of polar bear drowning

I stopped there because I want PROOF! Where are the drowned polars?
Where is the video of drowning polars? If they say it's so, then they must have proof!

Asshats.

5 posted on 12/26/2009 6:25:56 AM PST by MaxMax (Obamao can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: ricks_place; bamahead; Delacon; SteamShovel; SolitaryMan; grey_whiskers; IrishCatholic; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

6 posted on 12/26/2009 6:27:15 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Don't start the revolution without me.)
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To: ricks_place

Stupid study. With bears, everything is on the menu. Bears are eating machines. They are not picky.


7 posted on 12/26/2009 6:27:44 AM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Numm Numm Numm
Envirowacko Goodness
tastes like veggie

8 posted on 12/26/2009 6:34:21 AM PST by MaxMax (Obamao can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: All

From Wikipedia: “Arctic char or Arctic charr is both a freshwater and saltwater fish in the Salmonidae family, native to Arctic, sub-Arctic and alpine lakes and coastal waters.”


9 posted on 12/26/2009 6:36:23 AM PST by decimon
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To: ricks_place
"Bears Change Menu"

Ditka unimpressed

10 posted on 12/26/2009 6:44:00 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: ricks_place

11 posted on 12/26/2009 6:46:20 AM PST by Iron Munro (God is great - Beer is good - People are crazy.)
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To: ricks_place
...Dyke has been conducting a series of trial diets at the Polar Bear Habitat, with Nanook, the male bruin at the Cochrane facility.

Did he take him to St. Alfonso's Pancake Breakfast?

12 posted on 12/26/2009 6:51:42 AM PST by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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To: ricks_place


"Polar bears are on their way to extinction. If we don’t act now, most will die in our children’s lifetime."

A "true lie" given the life span of a polar bear, and ignoring the fact that new ones will be born. But hey, he's only asking for a few bucks...
13 posted on 12/26/2009 7:23:10 AM PST by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: uglybiker

No but he probably “took” the US government for a bundle in the form of a grant.


14 posted on 12/26/2009 7:25:46 AM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: decimon
I fished for Char while on an Air force assignment traveling to all the DEW Line sites in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. An eskimo who worked at the Dew Line site took us to his favorie fishing spot. The char were swimming upstream to their spawning grounds. The eskimo had a trident spear and was pulling char outta the water at a breakneck pace. I asked him if I could try. He gave me a quick lesson and I got one!

I caught six. The site cook did a great job of cooking them. I froze 4 and the following week I took my summer vacation. I flew to Winnipeg and then onto Minneapolis where I declared the fish while going through customs. The custom's inspector asked, "Could I have one?" I gave him one and he ignored the jewelry duty I owed.

When I got home to New Jersey I found that char was served at several up scale restaurants in NYC at an outrageous price, (more than Texas sirloin!). My Mom cooked the fish using a family Cod Fish recipie and we all had a stomach full!

Trivia.. What color is a polar bear's skin?

15 posted on 12/26/2009 7:25:51 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Young Werther
I caught six. The site cook did a great job of cooking them. I froze 4 and the following week I took my summer vacation. I flew to Winnipeg and then onto Minneapolis where I declared the fish while going through customs. The custom's inspector asked, "Could I have one?" I gave him one and he ignored the jewelry duty I owed.

When an aircraft loader at JFK, I unloaded a large fish, from an Icelandic flight, that was part of the crew luggage. It's funny what goes on.

Trivia.. What color is a polar bear's skin?

Probably black.

16 posted on 12/26/2009 7:33:21 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
You;re right!!!!

Can you describe how a polar bear receives warmth if their black body radiates heat?

17 posted on 12/26/2009 7:45:10 AM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: Young Werther
Can you describe how a polar bear receives warmth if their black body radiates heat?

I don't know that skin color matters under that fur. IIRC, there's something to their hair follicles. Hollow hair follicles or something like that.

Something I need to look up is how animals, especially arctic animals, get vitamin D. Polar bears would get it, or much of it, from fish and fish-eating mammals. But what of other animals? From what little I've read, that also involves hair follicles.

I suspect that people starve their pets of needed vitamin D.

18 posted on 12/26/2009 7:56:59 AM PST by decimon
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To: Izzy Dunne
...increased likelihood of polar bear drowning because climate change is warming the Arctic ice shelf.

The Arctic ice grows and shrinks an enormous amount throughout every year. The polar bears seem to manage this changing amount of ice just fine. If GW were real and the ice receded a bit more than usual, what evidence is there they wouldn't be able to adapt. This is a stupid and naive non-scientific assertion seemingly without any facts to back it up.

19 posted on 12/26/2009 8:24:25 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ricks_place
Polar bears in the Arctic live on ice all year round and use it as a platform from which to hunt and raise their young.

Seals and fish are their primary source of food in the Far North.

So the bears dive off the ice and catch the fish?

20 posted on 12/26/2009 8:53:18 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Copenhagen Climate Summit; Shovel Ready)
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To: Young Werther

Could we have the recipe please? And without Googling, I guess black, just because it would be the most unexpected answer.

Within reason. I mean green would be more unexpected :-)


21 posted on 12/26/2009 11:07:14 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If you don't love America ... then why don't you get the hell out.")
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To: T Minus Four
Mom and Grams are no longer with me. I remember seeing butter, garlic, and other herbs but.....

What's with the black? Are you a racist?

Kidding!

22 posted on 12/26/2009 12:28:53 PM PST by Young Werther ( ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!"))
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To: ricks_place; TheRightGuy; Condor51; Lurker
Arctic char is now on the bears' menu

It might help, but until they learn to block and protect the QB, they ain't gonna win any games . . .

23 posted on 12/26/2009 12:49:22 PM PST by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Young Werther

Oh, sorry for your loss :-(

Hey, I was right about the black!


24 posted on 12/27/2009 3:49:17 AM PST by T Minus Four ("If you don't love America ... then why don't you get the hell out.")
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