Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) Status: Endangered Threats: Habitat restriction, habitat degradation, natural bamboo die-offs, unwillingness/disinterest in mating Current estimated population (2008): 1,000-2,000 wild individuals, declining
Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus) Status: Vulnerable Threats: Habitat loss, habitat degradation, high demand for body parts Current estimated population (2008): No reliable data, declining
Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus) Status: Vulnerable Threats: Habitat loss, habitat degradation, poaching, capture of live cubs for use as "dancing bears," conflict with humans, predation by large cats like tigers and leopards Current estimated population (2008): Approximately 20,000 with <10,000 mature individuals, declining
Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) Status: Vulnerable Threats: Habitat loss, habitat degradation, commercial poaching, demand for body parts, capture of live cubs for pets, human fear, poaching to prevent crop damage Current estimated population (2008): No reliable data, declining
Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) Status: Vulnerable Threats: Habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, poaching, lack of population study Current estimated population (2008): No reliable data, declining
NOTE: The polar bear is not listed here. Current assessments are out-of-date, and were not performed accurately. The polar bear population is difficult to assess due in part to the harsh environments they reside in, and because it has become a political tool in the environmentalist war against oil and natural gas. Thus, unbiased assessments of their populations do not currently exist. However, Inuit natives report that polar bears are an increasingly common sight, and appear to be thriving.
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I heard one reason they're being spotted more by native tribes is polar bears are moving south due to lack of ice up north, I'm not sure. However Polar and Brown bears are the only bear species to interbreed in the wild, and in captivity both male and female offspring are fertile. Do you believe genetic pollution may become a more significant threat in the future? The term is propping up a lot more than often nowadays.
It's also good that you listed the sun bear as well. It's the ONLY bear here in Indonesia, and even here it's not that famous. Maybe just for an add on, one reason why it's declining is the illegal pet trade (it's both the tamest and smallest, an instant victim).
Spectacled bear too! Imagine that, a South American bear and the closest thing to Arctodus Simus (even if it looks like a pipsqueak next to it...)
We can't be sure, because there hasn't been a population assessment for years, and frankly, the polar bear has just become such a tool in the war against oil and energy that I wouldn't trust any assessment that came out. Environmentalists won't let us safely drill in the Rockies or the arctic, but they prefer deep-water drilling, which is extremely risky, and increases the chances of an uncontainable oil spill immensely. And every bad story about oil is good for their agenda. Like with what happened with BP.
Genetic pollution is always a threat to a species facing extinction. Conservation groups tried to save the "red wolf," but as it would turn out, the species was so diluted with dog and coyote, that it's not even a wolf anymore. If genetic pollution truly becomes a problem, Brown bears and Polar bears will likely go the way of the Barred and Spotted owls. The Spotted owls were declared "endangered" in a political move by environmentalists to keep loggers out of forests. Barred owls started mating with the spotted owls, and out-competing them for food and territory. If the spotted owls ceased to be pure, or they were all killed by the barred owls, they would lose their protection status, and logging would be open again. So, what's the solution? Shoot the barred owls to keep the land locked away from loggers. It's a horrible abuse of taxpayer dollars and a waste of our resources. But, anyway, I don't think that genetic pollution is prevalent enough in polar bears to raise any red flags right now, but should it ever come to fruition, expect a spike in brown bear hunting.
Deep water? DEEP WATER? After BP and Exxon and all that? Some still want DEEP WATER! That's genuinely surprising (and infuriating) for me! I mean really, after all this time, after all that effort, they STILL want Deep water. Lives of fishermen were ruined, birds couldn't fly and that shark from the gulf had his/her gills clogged and some people STILL believe... Deep Water Drilling iz guud... I actually think they're just as much in it for the money and publicity like BP and any other oil company. The logic doesn't make sense. As someone who studies business, logically speaking you would want to drill in the most isolated, barren place because it does not support that much of an ecosystem. It also costs less for maintenance considering the damaging effects saltwater has on metals. The ocean forms the basis for ALL ecosystems, one slip up and its all over!
The bear thing was actually something interesting thing I studied for ecology class on the role of tertiary consumers. Got the original information from the BBC, said case was explored later in other websites. At first it became a way to study heredity of different species (never knew Polar bears are really just very, very recent descendents of brown bears from Europe)... then other articles warped it into an argument of how "baaaad" humans are.
But that story about owls is pretty sad. The spotted owl isn't even that far above "Low Risk" in the IUCN. To say that they are "endangered" is absurd. Who are these people anyway? Most of these "movements" tend to have no relation to any major conservation group. It's sad that because of this logic that one species of owl is being outcompeted and interbreeding because of some group of so-called "environmentalists".
I live in Florida, so believe me when I say I know just how bad the suffering was. Our food, our wildlife, our beaches, our oceanfront economy--ruined. Another problem was that the TransOcean rig inspectors gave BP's rigs a pass without thorough inspection. So, technically, it wasn't BP's fault. Of course, environmentalists would rather there be NO drilling EVER, but if they had to tolerate one kind, it would likely be deep water. Ironic, I know.
It's a land-grab move, trying to keep people from using the land and its resources, simply because they can. More and more, we are putting the rights of animals above the rights of ourselves, and it's only proving to be disastrous. Loggers were banned from the areas surrounding the Gila National Forest in NM because of "endangered" animals, and thanks to all the dead trees and dry brush, the fire was able to spread rapidly. The fire consumed everything in it's path, and was at 0% containment for what felt like forever. If loggers had been allowed to use that land, the fire would not have spread as far as it did. If we do not use our resources, we lose them.
Yeah... First rule in business... ALWAYS INSPECT... Why do you think there's quality control? To make things pretty? No. It's so people won't get hurt in the process. Can't imagine what it's like being there, must be dreadful. The closest that I ever got was going to the region of the "mud volcano" caused by nat-gas drillers who didn't know what they were doing. Never seen so many lives and homes ruined in one area with my own eyes.
It was discussing these topics with you! I have to do go do homework now, working on an animation project that's essential for my college application. Hope we can discuss more in the future! It was thrilling and I learned a lot .
I could cry just thinking about the poor things... :C between poaching, "dancing bears", habitat destruction, and all that rubbish... I feel so bad for them.. T^T I wish there was more I could do for them than just signing petitions..
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