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WWF’s Polar Bear Tours

December 31, 2018

By Paul Homewood

 

 

In David Rose’s article about polar bears in the Mail yesterday, the local Inuit believed that polar bears were no longer scared of humans.

Perhaps one reason is the proliferation in recent years of polar bear tourism.

 

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https://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/classic-polar-bear-expedition/

 

Even WWF are getting in on the act.

When the bears regularly encounter coachloads of tourists, it is little surprise that they quickly get accustomed to humans, and realise they are little threat.

We should not be surprised by this behaviour. After all we see exactly the same phenomenon in safari parks, albeit more extreme.

The likes of WWF claim that it is lack of food which forces polar bears into human settlements. But it is more likely that their own activities are responsible.

16 Comments
  1. Joe Public permalink
    December 31, 2018 11:46 am

    Is that an electrically-powered bus (re-energised by diesel-fuelled generators), or, pure diesel-fuelled?

    • Sheri permalink
      December 31, 2018 2:24 pm

      Based on other “caring” groups out there, including Greenpeace that let their Rainbow Warrior (Notice all these violent terms—it’s not caring about the environment, it’s a war against humanity—by a “peace” organization. It’s wonder their heads don’t explode.) be beach scapped in Bangladesh, a practice they hysterically condemned for years, I would go with 100% diesel and LOTS of it.

    • dennisambler permalink
      December 31, 2018 3:07 pm

      Watch the promo video…

      They have more than one polar rover. Listen to the commentary, the ice is melting, the bears are under threat, spending more time on land etc, etc, accompanied by sombre music.

      Eco-tourism helps the bears and the local community. If people see the bears up close…Oops.

    • dennisambler permalink
      December 31, 2018 3:21 pm

      https://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/
      Click on the “custom built Polar Rovers” link for details of these machines.

      “Polar Rovers are powered by 240 H.P. DT466 International engines, giving us a top speed of 35 miles per hour.”

      They are truck engines from way back:
      https://www.dieselworldmag.com/diesel-engines/the-legend/

      Stay Among the Bears in the World’s Most Remarkable Rolling Hotel—on the Tundra Itself!
      https://www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours/tundra-lodge-adventure/

      “Stay at one of the world’s truly unique accommodations: a mobile hotel designed for polar bear observation, placed each season directly in the bears’ habitat”

      Great conservation work…..

  2. David Harris permalink
    December 31, 2018 12:58 pm

    Polar Rovers are powered by 240 H.P. DT466 International engines, giving us a top speed of 35 miles per hour. very env.

  3. JCalvertN permalink
    December 31, 2018 2:10 pm

    I once believed in all that stuff. I no longer do.

    I also have reservations about the climate change dogma.

    • JCalvertN permalink
      December 31, 2018 2:24 pm

      Sorry, wrong thread!

  4. December 31, 2018 4:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  5. RAH permalink
    December 31, 2018 5:45 pm

    All I know is that I wouldn’t want to be the guys that had to get out to change a tire if needed.

    • RAH permalink
      December 31, 2018 5:46 pm

      That’s probably why they’re using duals all the way around.

    • RAH permalink
      December 31, 2018 5:48 pm

      Oops. Not that I am looking at it closer those aren’t duels. Think I would take a different bus.

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 31, 2018 10:06 pm

    When the massive unknown population of Penguins was recently discovered in Antarctica, the scientists said they were going to study them and I said they should just leave them alone instead of disturbing them and spreading diseases. A lot of people scoffed.

    Recently it has been reported that Penguins are getting disease from tourists.

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/12/tourists-may-be-making-antarctica-s-penguins-sick

    In the interests of environmentalism, we really must just leave the poor critters alone, stop studying them excessively, stop making invasive documentaries, and stop busing people in to gawp.

  7. beowulf permalink
    December 31, 2018 11:38 pm

    It’s the same situation with crocs here in the Northern Territory of Australia where tourist operators want to put on a good show for the passengers in their boats.

    By feeding them daily with meat attached to poles, they have trained the larger crocs to expect a feed from any passing boat on the rivers. They have also trained the crocs to jump for a feed. A croc will launch about ¾ of its body length vertically out of the water to reach a bait, which looks spectacular for the tourists, but it is only a matter of time before some fisherman unexpectedly ends up with an 18 foot croc in his boat as he reels in a fish.

    There was one old male croc a few years back that used to attack outboard motors because the rumbling vibrations they produced were similar to the vibrations made by males during the breeding season. He mistook outboards for rival males.

    With aggression like that, the crocs need no encouragement. Where once they were shy of man during the croc hunting era, they have been totally protected for decades now and they have grown much more numerous and bolder by the year.

  8. January 1, 2019 12:26 pm

    “…..WWF claim that it is lack of food which forces polar bears into human settlements.”

    Here is the answer: “Meals on Wheels.”

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      January 4, 2019 7:04 am

      Great line.
      With that to cap the day, I think I’ll go to bed.

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