Same scare. Different species.
The BBC reports,
Warming oceans and melting sea ice may have a major impact on harp seals, the doe-eyed animals that are the prime target for Canada’s annual seal hunt.
Researchers from Duke University in the US found that sea ice in the seals’ breeding grounds has shrunk by about 6% per decade over the last 30 years.
In some recent years, they say, entire years’ broods of cubs may have died.
The species is abundant; the Duke team says its future depends on how it can adjust to new climatic conditions…
There are plenty of polar bears. There are plenty of harp seals. Nevertheless, any pup that fails to reach maturity has been done in by manmade climate change?