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USGS: Some Alaska polar bears losing their fur
AP/WorldMag ^ | Apr 7, 7:07 PM EDT | anon

Posted on 04/07/2012 8:54:34 PM PDT by quantim

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don't know why.

In the past two weeks, nine of 33 bears checked by scientists in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found to have alopecia - loss of fur - and skin lesions, said Tony DeGange, chief of the biology office at the USGS Science Center in Anchorage.

Three of four bears inspected Thursday near Kaktovik showed the symptoms as well.

Scientists have been collecting blood and tissue samples from the afflicted bears, but they do not know the cause or the significance of the outbreak, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

"Our data set suggests that this is unusual but not unprecedented," DeGange said. Ten of 48 bears checked by the team in 1998-99 had a similar condition, he said.

In a long-standing project, the USGS has sent polar bear research teams to the area since 1984. The teams track, sedate and examine the bears to help determine their general health and habits.

This year they saw their first bear with hair loss on March 21. The team will wind up this year's operations in May when the sea ice becomes too treacherous for safe travel.

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No comment in article on how many baby seals these carnivores have eaten alive in a bloodthirsty feast the last couple decades that weren't shown to second graders.

And consuming all those baby seal pelts that may have affected the diet of polar bears and messing with their hair?

1 posted on 04/07/2012 8:54:39 PM PDT by quantim
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To: steelyourfaith

Climate heresy ping.


2 posted on 04/07/2012 8:56:21 PM PDT by quantim (Obama = #theoccupier on twitter.)
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3 posted on 04/07/2012 8:58:18 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: quantim

Also sometimes referred to as “Spring”.

Duh.


4 posted on 04/07/2012 8:59:51 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ((Racism Fatigue) America is the least racist nation on Earth)
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To: quantim

lack of iodine? or goiter?

possibly from hybrid-breeding w/grizzlies?

http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/s/00dis/Miscellaneous/Hypothyroid_Bears.htm


5 posted on 04/07/2012 9:01:50 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: quantim

Bare bears?


6 posted on 04/07/2012 9:02:03 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1173 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: quantim

Judging by my couch, it seems that my cats are losing their fur too.


7 posted on 04/07/2012 9:04:00 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: quantim

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?


8 posted on 04/07/2012 9:04:34 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: quantim
The teams track, sedate and examine the bears to help determine their general health and habits.

That's what is causing the hair loss. Stress and drugs. White people keep following them around darting them.

9 posted on 04/07/2012 9:04:42 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: quantim

For men, Dr. Klaper says that a low-fat diet may help slow down the balding process. “On some level, male pattern baldness might be tied to increased testosterone levels during puberty, which are often the result of a high-fat diet or eating too many animal products,” says Dr. Klaper.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/012893.html#ixzz1rPzuoIWN

Maybe they should cut back on the seal and eat more veggies.


10 posted on 04/07/2012 9:08:35 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: quantim

It is simply a new subspecies to be called the Brazilian Polar Bear.


11 posted on 04/07/2012 9:13:19 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "If Greece has been knocking back the ouzo, we're face down in the vat.")
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To: quantim

I blame Zimmerman!


12 posted on 04/07/2012 9:22:24 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: quantim

Maybe they need to join CLUB FUR FOR BEARS =)


13 posted on 04/07/2012 9:33:10 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: ThomasThomas

they have to eat fat. they have lots of body to keep warm.

seal is the best practical source, but i suppose a fat ‘long pig’ would make an acceptable appetizer.


14 posted on 04/07/2012 9:36:03 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: quantim

Well, doggone it, now that studies have shown the polar bear is not in danger of extinction, we gotta come up with something about the bears we can blame on global warming.


15 posted on 04/07/2012 9:40:07 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: NonValueAdded

“It is simply a new subspecies to be called the Brazilian Polar Bear.”

Ha!


16 posted on 04/07/2012 9:51:22 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: quantim

BUSH’S FAULT!


17 posted on 04/07/2012 9:53:34 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Robwin

Radiation poisoning?


18 posted on 04/07/2012 9:54:19 PM PDT by Sixpackplymouth
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To: quantim
"Our data set suggests that this is unusual but not unprecedented," DeGange said.

At least not as unprecedented as the Supreme Court declaring a law to be unconstitutional.

19 posted on 04/07/2012 9:55:48 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I tried to buy a hoodie today but the store manager said they had all been shoplifted.)
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To: quantim
I've been losing my hair for the past four or five years now.

Well, not actually "losing" it; just finding it in places it's not supposed to be.

20 posted on 04/07/2012 9:58:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Kinda strange how stuff that was on your forehead winds up in your ears. It’s like God’s playing one of those awful magic tricks your weird uncle used to do. Except I’d rather have money coming out of my ears than hair!


21 posted on 04/07/2012 10:15:35 PM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

>> Also sometimes referred to as “Spring”.

Shed happens.


22 posted on 04/07/2012 10:17:01 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: quantim

Thyroid problems. Japanese radiation?


23 posted on 04/07/2012 10:22:41 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: quantim
Hopefully they will discover the cause of bear pattern baldness and develop a treatment for it. Maybe Roargaine will help them.
24 posted on 04/07/2012 10:24:22 PM PDT by FreedomOfExpression
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To: quantim
Some Alaska polar bears losing their fur

Now available in POLAR BEAR strength formula.


25 posted on 04/07/2012 10:31:31 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: quantim

They’re probably losing it because global warming is making it too warm for them under all that fur.


26 posted on 04/07/2012 10:33:59 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason
Looks like the glowbull warming list needs an update...

Add now to "polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears deaf, polar bears drowning, polar bears fewer cubs...", "polar bears losing fur".

Look forward to soon having to add "polar bears getting furrier".

27 posted on 04/07/2012 11:06:44 PM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" mcRominate-me)
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To: quantim
What does the US Geological Survey have to do with animal immunology or biology?
28 posted on 04/07/2012 11:28:10 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: FlyingEagle
"Thyroid problems. Japanese radiation?" Japan is roughly 3000 miles away and the ocean currents run opposite for that to be likely.


29 posted on 04/07/2012 11:34:32 PM PDT by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: quantim

I tend to take this seriously. My Lab is losing hair at an alarming rate right now. This has happened the last two years about the same time of year. I thought he was getting better last fall, as it seemed it was growing back/s


30 posted on 04/08/2012 4:02:46 AM PDT by Figment
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To: null and void

Fuzzy Wuzzy?


31 posted on 04/08/2012 4:04:04 AM PDT by Figment
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To: quantim

It’s been so cold there this year, I’m sure the cause is frostbite.


32 posted on 04/08/2012 6:18:48 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: quantim
I wonder why our media and “leaders” are ignoring the Fukushima fallout?
33 posted on 04/08/2012 7:17:09 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: diverteach
ocean currents run opposite for that to be likely.

The air currents come right over Alaska, and zigzag across the US all the way to the Northeastern US. Georgia has received the least amount of that airborne fallout.

You do know that the Japenese are burning the radioactive debris and that the reactors themselves are still venting radiactive material, don't you?

34 posted on 04/08/2012 7:20:57 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: quantim
Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don't know why.

That's because polar bears are not made of rocks. Maybe someone should talk to a biologist.

35 posted on 04/08/2012 9:39:23 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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