Warmist Researchers Claim Dead Polar Bears Upset over Global Warming

... is this bear stressed out by Global Warming?

… is this bear stressed out by Global Warming?

This is what happens when wild animals watch too much mainstream media. No word on whether the polar bears believe in man-made global warming, but I’m sure a follow-up study will clear up that question.

Last year, a team reported that fluctuations in climate and ice cover are closely related to stress among polar bears in East Greenland as indicated by levels of the stress hormone cortisol in hair samples. The team is hopeful this type of analysis will be beneficial once others learn that it can now be done with much greater reliably than before.

“Nobody else has done this so far,” says Jerrold Meyer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who calls himself a behavioral endocrinologist. “We’ve not only been one of the key developers of the technique but we have also have worked very hard to demonstrate its reliability and validity. In collaboration with Melinda Novak, chair of the psychology department, we were among the first to show in a major controlled study that a prolonged or major life stress does lead to a demonstrable increase in cortisol in hair. Now we’re making the technique available to others and we hope it spurs new collaborations with our lab.”

For the collaboration with Thea Bechshøft of Aarhus University and colleagues, Meyer’s lab received blind hair samples from 88 polar bears legally killed between 1988 and 2009 in Greenland by indigenous people who have an arrangement with researchers to provide biological samples.

Is it at all possible that the polar bears were stressed because they were being killed, rather than because of Global Warming?

Native hunting of polar bears in the arctic is only allowed by using traditional methods which is going to be rather more “stressful” for the bear. Also it’s nice to see that Global Warming researchers want to protect polar bears through an “arrangement” with people who kill polar bears.

Is there any chance that this arrangement involved money being paid to the natives which would encourage them to kill polar bears?

  • Carlos_Perera

    Yeah, I should think that being hunted and killed by “traditional methods” would be pretty stressful. But so many other confounders spring to mind in evaluating this study that my mind boggles.

  • A Z

    I would think just being near humans would be stressful. It is a natural response for animals to shy away from humans.

    • David Patrick Maurer

      not necessarily. polar bears prey on humans.

      • A Z

        I do not know who down voted you, but it was not I. A polar bear knows they are top predators until they meet a great white an orca or man. But that is a one time deal with know witnesses unless it happened while they were still cubs

        Multiple polar bears have gathered around the garbage dumps of communities around the Hudson bay. If one of those had been shot, the other in the area might get the ideal.

        Other than that I don’t think they are stressed unless they are hungry and worrying about it (likely) or have an encounter with another bear outside of mating season.

  • Tukadoodle

    And how old are they?

  • jakespoon

    These global warming scientist have to spend their time and other peoples money seeking answers to non-existent questions in order to keep from seeking the answer to the only question that they’re really qualified to seek,”Do you want fries with that?”

  • David Patrick Maurer

    there are some interesting things in wikipedia about this publication’s editor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Horowitz

  • DogmaelJones1

    Greenfield’s headline reads like something you’d read on the front page of a supermarket tabloid. But the polar bear stress story deserves that kind of headline. How can you dignify polar bear stress stories when they’re as loony as they are? You can no more dignify that story than you can a story about Elvis being reincarnated in the person of Justin Bieber.

  • cbrtxus

    Maybe our federal tax dollars should fund counseling for the poor polar bears.

    I wonder if polar bears where equally stressed during previous arctic warming periods? Obviously they survived…

  • cxt

    Wow!
    I’d like to say I was surprised that people were so entranced by their ideology that would ignore the stress caused by chasing, bringing to bay and KILLING the bear.
    But honestly not all that surprised, their willingness to blindly accept even the most insane of “facts” has been well documented.
    Or perhaps it is not actual “blindness” at all—its entirely possible that the deception is overt and quite deliberate.
    Like many Lefty causes the global warming…….Oops……..I mean “climate change” ;)…….movement…..is about power and control. Has little to do with the actual environment.
    So lies and deceptions would be par for the course.

  • nomoretraitors

    Yeah, I’ll be sure to think about this tomorrow morning when it’s 9 degrees outside

  • E.Hall

    I am not a scientist, nor a warmest. Hair is dead tissue like nails and represents things as they were when it was grown, not at time of death. This is true in people where hair samples can show a history of exposure to heavy metals. There may be other problems with their design of experiment or interpretation but I don’t think the stress at time of death is a valid criticism.

  • garyfouse

    Science marches on.

    • chelmer

      James Audobon, a prodigious slaughter of birds, would be proud.

  • chelmer

    These sound more like BIpolar bears to me.