For all their global appeal and familiarity, polar bears are actually few and far between, with 19 small populations spread out across a habitat the size of Europe. And they have been studied very little. The traditional method –using helicopters and tranquilizers- is invasive, expensive and difficult, so sampling occurs per group only once every 12 to 15 years.
IQALUIT, Nunavut (October 28, 2011) – The polar bear quota for the 2011-2012 harvest year is increasing from 8 to 21 bears for the Western Hudson Bay subpopulation which includes the area around the communities of Arviat, Baker Lake, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet and Chesterfield Inlet.
Learn more about the decisions that have been made to increase the total allowable harvest of Western Hudson Bay polar bears with background information provided by the Government of Nunavut Department of Environment.
On October 28, 2011 the Honourable Daniel Shewchuk, Minister of Environment announced an increase in the Total Allowable Harvest (TAH) for the 2011-2012 harvest year for polar bears in the Western Hudson Bay subpopulation (WH). Consistent with the Department of Environment’s management recommendation, which was supported by the Regional Wildlife Organization (RWO), the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB) decided to increase the quota from 8 to 21 bears.