Insensitive trophy hunters are responsible for the death of a large number of polar bears and are driving them to extinction.
The polar bears are hyper carnivorous, whose native range lies primarily within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean — surrounded by seas and landmasses.
Ole Liodden, a Norweigan wildlife photographer and conservationist, said that the iconic Arctic species would ultimately become extinction if trophy hunting continues.
Canada is base to two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population.
Bears can fetch around £250,000 for their skins. Not only do the bears have to worry about the trophy hunters, but they also have to survive the impact of in a future with global warming.
Climate change is melting polar bears’ vital habitat, yet they need sea ice to hunt seals, travel, raise cubs, and find mates. Together with trophy hunters and global warming, it is speeding up their demise.
Ole Liodden has spent many years working on a project that highlights the struggles of polar bears. Polar bears are one of the most common species for trophy hunters to pursue. Yet it is the least suitable mammal species as they have a low reproduction rate and cub survival.
He reveals how hunters tend to target the strongest and healthiest males, leaving the weakest bears to pass on their genes.
Stopping commercial skin trade and trophy hunting will give the polar bears a chance to survive.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, enlists polar bears as vulnerable, meaning that they are at great danger of endangerment in the wild.
Although climate change may largely determine the future of polar bears, most of their population is attributed to unsustainable hunting over the past 30 years.
The wildlife photographer stated Inuit leaders are against trophy hunting, but the Canadian government encourages them to act as guides.
Daily Mirror investigation uncovered a multitude of firms offering hunting in the Arctic Circle, promoted as ‘the most memorable’ trophy collectors would ever find. A 12-day hunting excursion, which includes a taxidermist’s service, could set you back about £36,000. (Taxidermist’s service is the art of preserving an animal’s body via mounting or stuffing.)
The future for the polar bears looks bleak unless steps are taken.