Is The Polar Bear The Biggest Bear?
Before I start talking about polar bears in earnest we need to tackle this business about what is or isn't the biggest bear. The short answer here is:
It depends on who you ask.
WHAT? Shouldn't it be a "yes or no" question? Is the polar bear the biggest bear or not? Well, I can assure you that it depends on who you ask. I suppose that I'm the person who should supply a definite answer here, but rather than do that, I'm going to provide the facts that I have relative to what I've been able to learn about bears online.
Do I have personal bear experience? I mean, I'm doing a lot of talking about bears!
Yes, I'm a bear expert. Once I stuck a hand in a bear cage. Bears move very very fast. I'm forever thankful that I've still got two hands to type with. Oh, I've seen some bears in zoos too.
Is The Polar Bear The Biggest Bear?
The answer truly depends on the definition of "biggest," does it not? How do you define things like "largest," or "biggest?" Are we talking on average? Are we talking weight? Length? What?
Well, here's the facts. The biggest Kodiak and grizzly bears on record are bigger than the largest polar bears on record. But the AVERAGE polar bear is a bigger bear than the AVERAGE grizzly and/or Kodiak bear.
Does that make sense? A grizzly or a Kodiak bear might get bigger than a polar bear, but the average polar bear is always a larger bear than the average grizzly and/or Kodiak bear.
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
Which Bear Is the Largest or Biggest Bear?
- Which is the largest bear on earth? (Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congr
Question: Which is the largest bear on earth? (Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress)
Grolar Bearl? Pizzly Bear?
- Grizzly-Polar Bear Hybrid Found -- But What Does It Mean?
The animal is certainly weird, scientists say, but he's not necessarily a symbol of global warming or anything else.
Is The Polar Bear A Brown Bear?
The polar bear is very closely related to the brown bears. Obviously, the polar bear isn't brown in colour, and that's not the question, the question is whether or not the polar bear is of the same family as the brown bears. Again, this question concerning whether or not polar bears are brown bears is dependant upon who you ask. From there, it gets vastly more complicated due to the vast divides WITHIN evolutionary biology. I'm going to attempt to answer this question the best as I am able, so help me the God that set up the universe in which evolution exists, and no thanks to the ignorant atheist with their pride filled notions of what is and isn't real based upon their puny five senses and the limitations of such as applied by the scientific method.
Thanks, minor digression rant over.
In evolutionary biology there are both clades and species concepts, and neither of those things are quite so clear as to how the can be used to determine whether or not the polar bear belongs in the brown bear family. Polar bears have very different molar teeth, and besides all of that, they are rather clearly adapted via evolution to live in the environments that they live, the Arctic Ice. Traditional brown bears such as the grizzly bear do not have such adaptations as does the polar bear, but the polar bear is not distinct enough to be it's own unique species of bear. It is a brown bear, and yet it isn't. Polar bears and grizzly bears in both the wild and captivity can and do produce fertile offspring or hybrids.
Ursus maritimus is is the Latin name for this large bear, but once the polar bear was thought to deserve it's own genus, but this is no longer the case, and the polar bear is a white to cream coloured brown bear.
A Grizzly/Polar Bear Hybrid
A Totally Incomplete Polar Bear Distribution Map Via Defenders Of Wildlife.
Are Polar Bears In Danger Of Going Extinct?
There has been so much hype and speculation in regards to how seriously endangered the polar bear is due to global climate change that the polar bear has literally become the big star of that whole show. The answer here is easily also confusing. Polar bears are endangered, but they aren't nearly so endangered as one might think were they to listen to some corporate profiteer such as Al Gore tell them about it.
Things that Al Gore would never bother to tell people too lazy to look it up for themselves include the facts that polar bears have a greater territorial range than any other bear, and though they prefer to live up around the Arctic ice, the polar bears also range quite a lot further South in Canada than most would think. There are nineteen subpopulations of polar bear, and an estimate of twenty to twenty five thousand polar bears total. If you compare the total polar bear population to the total Kodiak bear population, you realize that there are vastly greater numbers of polar bear, but the polar bear is considered endangered due to the very low bear per square mile ratio of total polar bear range.
There has been an International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears in place since 1973, and of the nineteen sub populations spanning five different nations, eight are declining, three are stable, one is increasing, and seven have insufficient data, as of 2009
Mother Polar Bear With Cubs And Seal Dinner
The Ringed Seal (top) and the Bearded Seal (bottom) - Polar Bear Cuisine
What Do Polar Bears Eat?
Seals are mostly what polar bears eat, and to be more specific about it, the ringed seal and the bearded seal are especially what polar bears love to eat. More specific still, the polar bears of the world love to eat the fat of the seals. Anyone telling you that animal fat is especially bad for you is lying, as the US Food And Drug Administration is a corrupt entity heavily invested in grains. That, of course, has little to do with polar bears.
Polar bears tend to only eat the fat of the seals and leave the rest of the carcasses behind. No, please do not think this is cruel, or wasteful. Mother nature does not waste things, only the idiotic creatures at the top of the Earth's animal ladder, the homo sapien, is into waste and inefficiency. Arctic foxes benefit tremendously from the polar bears dining habits, and they eat the rest of the seals themselves. While human wastefulness isn't debatable, up in the Arctic polar bears benefit from that too insofar as humans hunting and killing something they didn't intend to eat is concerned, the polar bears also scavenge for food, and eat whatever we kill for no reason. Interestingly enough, polar bears also are the Arctic's most prolific dumpster divers.
Of all the species of bear in the world, the polar bear is the most carnivorous bear. Polar bears almost eat meat exclusively. While the other bears of the Americas are clearly omnivores, the polar bear is truly a carnivore. The average polar bear is roughly twice the size of the average Siberian tiger, so the polar bear is easily the largest terrestrial carnivore in the entire world.
The polar bear is also the only species of bear that is able to fast for months at a time. Oh sure, hibernating bears can go months without eating, but polar bears can spend the Summer months looking for food while wide awake, not find any, and survive (most often) until Winter when they can find seals to eat again. No other bear is able to be awake and active and survive without food for an entire season.
Bears are famous for hibernating during the Winters, right? Well, technically what bears sometimes do is a false hibernation, and not all bears even do that. Polar bears aren't into hibernation at all, in fact, polar bears work in the exact opposite manner. The polar bears spend all Winter hunting and eating seals in order to build up fat to live and conserve energy during the warmer months of the year. Other kinds of bears, when they do hibernate, they hibernate (falsely) during the coldest months. Let's give it up for the polar bears not being lazy no good free loaders!!! I guess they must read Atlas Shrugged, and identify with Ayn Rand's crazy reality. Somebody tell the dang polar bears that the novel was fiction!
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The Polar Bear - Very Unique Physical Structure
Monsanto Poisons Polar Bears
- Monsanto Hid Decades Of Pollution (washingtonpost.com)
In 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish submerged in that creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water. They told no one. In 1969, they found fish in another creek with 7,500 times
Polar Bears - What Really Threatens Polar Bears? Monsanto
Though the polar bear is the largest of bears on the average - he is the only bear that is so brave to attack things more than twice it's size. Typically a grizzly bear, a Kodiak bear, or a black bear just doesn't see anything that large, but polar bears are known to attack walruses, which can be twice the size of polar bears, but that's not all; polar bears sometimes attack beluga whales too. The beluga whale can weigh as much as thirty five hundred pounds. No the whales aren't so equipped to fight a polar bear as a walrus is, but the predatory carnivorous instinct of the polar bear is profound.
Polar bears thrive off of fat, they thrive and survive off of their own fat, and the mostly eat the fat of whatever they kill to eat. So what does that have to do with Monsanto, the world's most evil corporation? Monsanto only poisons people, right? You know, those GMO frankenfoods that aren't safe for human consumption but are yet passed through the criminal Food and Drug Administration due to the traitorous Obama hiring Michael Taylor to front it? I'm so glad that you asked, as I perfectly well intend to tell you how Monsanto is the major threat to the lives of the endangered polar bears. It's not climate change so much - that is just Al Gore misleading people from the true threat to polar bears. Al Gore is nothing but a climate charlatan profiteering globalist manbearpig.
The following two paragraphs are cut from Wikipedia:
Polar bears accumulate high levels of persistent organic pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and chlorinated pesticides. Due to their position at the top of the food pyramid, with a diet heavy in blubber in which halocarbons concentrate, their bodies are among the most contaminated of Arctic mammals. Halocarbons are known to be toxic to other animals because they mimic hormone chemistry, and biomarkers such as immunoglobulin G and retinol suggest similar effects on polar bears. PCBs have received the most study, and they have been associated with birth defects and immune system deficiency.
The most notorious of these chemicals, such as PCBs and DDT, have been internationally banned. Their concentrations in polar bear tissues continued to rise for decades after the ban as these chemicals spread through the food chain. But the trend seems to have abated, with tissue concentrations of PCBs declining between studies performed in 1989–1993 and studies performed in 1996–2002.
So besides being responsible and convicted for poisoning people in France with what they call "safe" herbicides and pesticides, poisoning untold thousands of our own soldiers with agent orange during the Vietnam War, and deliberately causing the deaths of over 1300 Indian Farmers in one year, suing farmers for cross pollinated crops that already destroyed the integrity of the crops the organic farmers were trying to grow, and continuing to do so with impunity while backed by an utterly corrupt US government by corporations - Monsanto is also the most responsible entity for the decline in polar bear populations
This Photo Is Total Polar Bear Propaganda
The World's Biggest Polluter
- U.S. Military – The World's Largest Polluter » pa
As the world’s largest polluter, the U.S. military has its work cut out for it when it comes to greening its operations. According to the nonprofit watchdog group, Project Censored, American forces generate some 750,000 tons of toxic waste annually..
How Does Global Climate Change Affect Polar Bears?
Global climate change is a major scam. No, I'm not denying that climate change exists, or that climate change isn't due at least in part to human activities. I'm saying that climate change is an outright scam in the way it's being presented to the public, and the polar bear is the poster critter for the climate change scam.
What do I mean? See the photo above. You see what is implied there, right? It is implied in the photo above, the absolute propaganda picture there with the light bulbs, that my habits, and your habits are the things killing the polar bears. Yes, our habits and misuse of resources affect polar bears, and every single other living thing on the planet. There is no doubt about that. What is misleading is the idea that you changing your light bulbs to the fluorescent mercury contaminated light bulbs instead of the safe, non poisonous incandescent bulbs - that is utter filth, lies, and trash. By putting the focus of global pollution on the common person, the oligarchy of bankers and corporations seeks to cause you to overlook who the major polluters are in this world, and there is no greater contributor to global pollution and global climate change than the United States Military.
By the year 2050 it's estimated that two thirds of the world's polar bears will be gone due to dwindling habitat, and the fact that it is unknown whether or not the polar bears can or will adapt by moving South, and learning to eat on spawning salmon as do the grizzly bears.
But because how much the pollution of humanity affects climate change, and how much is merely a natural cycle, this is pure speculation. In the end if anyone is worried about this at all, the single best thing they can do is get involved with something like the foreign policy proposed by Ron Paul. The United States Military is ran by corporations and bankers, and exists to steal the wealth of oil rich nations in Arabia, and as the world's single biggest polluter, it is ultimately the indifference of the American people that allow the climate change, and the death of not just polar bears, but all creatures affected by our lust for Arabia's oil, and our idiotic hatred fed to us daily by mainstream media, and lying politicians.
Boycotting Monsanto, and Helping To End The Wars Is The Way To Save Polar Bears
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on May 13, 2012:
Thanks very much, Ma'am!!! It was some work to digest the information and then find a suitable, I hope, way to present it.
mj2991 from Pehawar on May 13, 2012:
such a unique hub , thanks i like it rate it
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on April 11, 2012:
email@example.com - Thanks! Could be that I'm missing lots of truth myself, but I've done what I could for now :-/
firstname.lastname@example.org from upstate, NY on April 11, 2012:
Terrific writing and information! Thank you for your insights on the polar bear and opinions on global warming and food poisoning by various means! There is so much politically motivated science out there, that you really have to dig to get the truth!
50 Caliber from Arizona on March 13, 2012:
Wesman, staying clear of politics is about as easy as watching a few youtube videos and having some sort of soft porn pop up a few pages into it LOL.
That makes me think of my new word "fracking" something to do with natural gas retrieval. Have not read much about it past something goes in a hole and causes fractures to open and the gas is then retrievable. So I guess if you frack and crack the right crevice you get gas.....ROTFLMAO.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 13, 2012:
Lizolivia - Thanks very much!!!!
I didn't intend for it to come out the way that it did, there was a hell of a lot more just about polar bears that I could have done...but I knew it was going to wind up being political at some point or another...and when I got to the birth defects, etc, that polar bears suffer from, and why - I couldn't stop myself from bringing up Monsanto, far and away the most evil corporation on the planet.
Lizolivia from Central USA on March 13, 2012:
I really like how the story unfolded, the whole thing was very interesting. awesome
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 13, 2012:
Thank you very much, Sue Swan, I can't say that I remember ever thinking about polar bears and hibernation at all before researching for this article.
I always learn a TON of stuff when making these animal hubs!!!
tirelesstraveler - RIGHT!!! Mother Nature has us whooped, but she'll wait right there in the boxing ring for the next time we feel froggy!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 13, 2012:
I do tend to believe that 1. climate change is very real, and that 2. Our industrial society and all it's pollution affect it.
That is it though...I also believe that a great deal of it is the result of forces ten thousand light years from home!
I don't think that we silly humans are smart enough, or ever will be - to figure it all out. I think anyone trying to point the finger at "us" is surely either totally ignorant of the history of the planet...or just an extremely wealthy business man trying to get a move up in the Bilderberg or C.F.R.
Hey Dusty I picked up some Outdoors themed magazine the other day that had a short article on the pig problem, and the guy was saying via his data...that the ONLY way to get rid of the hog overpopulation is for state governments to put choppers in the sky with ARs!!!
But hell yeah - feed the bears with that shit...I mean, fat!
If it isn't practical to ship dead hogs to way up North, then surely zoos or something could be using those hogs for food, I'd think.
If we aren't using those shot hog bodies somewhere, then the coyotes are just loving it!
I think it was Teddy Roosevelt that said that bear meat was the finest meat of all. I bet that I live the rest of my life without ever forming an opinion on that from experience!!!
Hell Yeah - I want no part of a bear cub unless I see some remains of a gone too soon mamma bear first!
Judy Specht from California on March 12, 2012:
Interesting hub. After looking at the tornado s last week I'm not sure there is too much that humans do to affect nature. No one talks about how the earthquake in Japan last year changed the axis of the earth or what effects that had on the world. You would think there would be lots of comments.
Voted up and interesting.
Sueswan on March 11, 2012:
Awesome Hub! I never knew that Polar Bears didn't hibernate.
Voted up and away!
50 Caliber from Arizona on March 11, 2012:
Wesman, a great article from title assembly through content. I am bound to enjoy most factual article that call Gore the whor3 he is, anyone who creates fallacy for personal gain, a podium to spread manure from deserves some scrutiny.
I gotta ask, Do YOU believe that we are experiencing global warming as a result or a natural change cycle of a living breathing planet? or are we even experiencing it at all?
As for the Polar bear, we could trap and set loose the Texas pig population pandemic on them providing fat, albeit not as good as the omega type fats and others I'm un aware of their designations that come from sea life.
Kinda cool to learn the fact that unlike bears I'm most familiar with, Yogi and BOOBOO, that they eat fat instead of picnic baskets. I'm not interested in killing bears, the are really not all that tasty, stringy, sinew laden muscle and plenty of greasy fat.
The bear that scares me the worst is a 30 pound curious cub or baby bear, 'cuz I know there is a Mama bear close by and I hope the direction I choose to flee isn't to where she is watching from. I own 2 bear claws that were given to me by a park ranger off a poached bear near Chamberlain Creek California. They were being shot and I think gallbladders were being cut out and sold for a medicine of sorts in Japan, or China, I don't recall but the rest of the animal was left behind.
Seems all things that relate to our wildlife and it's decline to low numbers is either for money or habitat loss, and then a head mount over the fireplace. The latter I don't mind if they were legally taken and the rest was for food and used. A percentage of license and tags pays for herd and habitat maintenance but sadly as folks breed we will lose more habitat.
A great hub with much to learn from and much to ponder where one really stands on issues in regard to these animals.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 11, 2012:
My Hubpages traffic is dropping like drone plane bombs on Pakistani children right about now.
Hope yours isn't faring so badly.
Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on March 11, 2012:
As always Wesman you tell it as it is, and don't mince your words. Voted up.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 09, 2012:
timmathisen - Thank you VERY much!!!!!!
I'll probably do some editing and improving, and I had NO INTENTIONS of getting into Monsanto or the US Military here...but I knew I'd wind up going political sooner or later in here.
I'd rather have done a pure animal article, but maybe doing it this way will be best.
timmathisen on March 09, 2012:
Nicely done, especially how your title ties together three -- at first what seems unrelated -- topics together in the hub.