We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You're absolutely right, Bird Dog. Polar bear populations have steadily increased since the 1950s. They're kind of hard to count, since most of them live above the Arctic circle and they are pretty much solitary animals which don't form packs or tribes. Momma bears, who can postpone implantation of fertilized ova until they have fattened up enough, and then dig a birthing den to keep herself and the babies safe until they can walk and hunt independently, do keep their cubs with them for a year of training and protecting. But then they cast them off ["that's enough now. Sayonara. Go take care of yourselves"]. My husband who has written two or three books about polar bears and has visited birthing dens on Wrangel Island in Russia, is my resident expert on this, and finds it hard to remember how very icy cold it was on Wrangel Island.
That's what twenty years back in civilization will do to you.
The great irony of the polar bear story is that there actually was one pack whose numbers were declining a decade ago, which is the one the AGW crowd glommed onto, of course. And the reason for its decline?
It was getting so overpopulated that they relaxed the hunting limits.
Well, it's pretty well known that they are expanding their range a little as are grizzlies - which results in grolar bears. There have been a couple shot accidentally over the past couple of years, one guy got into a whole bunch of trouble over it because it was supposedly a mutant polar bear. Finally, DNA evidence proved it was a hybrid.
I know a couple of Alaskan fishing guides who swear upside down and sideways they've seen grolars from time to time - and I have no reason to doubt them as they are pretty good guys and reliable guides.