The symbol of all things arctic, the polar bear, was added Wednesday to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department’s protected list. Placing the iconic bear on the list means that it is within the realm of extinction.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne made the announcement today that many had feared. As polar ice caps have melted, the polar bear has had little room for hunting, much less surviving. The government agency announcing this move today also signals a change in the administration’s thinking about global warming and that it truly exists.
Kempthorne has always tried to remove the list from even existing. HeÂ seems to have caved inÂ to the realities of the world he is now witnessing.
Along the Canadian polar ice caps, the number of polar bears has dwindled to 25,000.