Nunavut says Polar bear listing political

The Nunavut government says that the announcement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to look at  re-classifying Polar bears as “threatened” has been engineered by environmentalists to force the U.S. government to move forward more aggressively on climate control.

Faced with another examination of its wildlife practices, the government of Nunavut is preparing to defend its polar bear policies where it believes they need to be defended — the court of southern public opinion.

“That’s where the problem is,” Patterk Netser, Nunavut’s Environment Minister, said yesterday from Coral Harbour. “The problem is down there. Not here.”

Nunavut is being caught between environmentalists using the powerful predators as a lever to move the U.S. government on the issue of climate change and politicians seeking an opportunity to look good, Mr. Netser says.

“They’re using polar bears as a smoking gun,” he said.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that environmentalists have used ‘icon’ species to promote their agenda.

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