Survey: Is Canada Endangering Its Reputation As Well as Its Species?
Jaymi describes how Canadian Inuit are going to shoot 500 narwhal instead of trying to free them, probably because "Narwhal tusks sell for a big pile of cash." Meanwhile the Economist writes that the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board is permitting a polar bear hunt of 105 animals when the scientists recommend a maximum of 64. Notwithstanding what the Canadian government experts say, the Inuit hunters and trappers appear to know better. "Numbers are just numbers," says the head of the hunters and trappers association. "We live here, so we know what's really going on in the north. We can hunt anytime we want, anywhere we want, no matter what anybody says."