Claims of wildlife deaths greatly exaggerated

You’ve heard that wildlife is disappearing, right? From Matthew Preston at C2C Journal:

or the first time in my 28-year life ruffed grouse are so numerous around the family farm in northeastern Alberta that I don’t have to trudge through the willows to find them. They regularly strut through the front yard, so common the dogs hardly notice. Up in Nunavut, meanwhile, there are so many polar bears that they “may have exceeded the co-existence threshold” and become a serious threat to humans in some communities, according to a recent Nunavut government report. These anecdotal observations are supported by the latest Wild Species survey of Canadian flora and fauna, which concluded that “the majority of species in Canada are secure. In fact…80 percent of species have a national rank of apparently secure or secure.” So when the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Living Planet Report 2018 was reported by the CBC to have concluded that “60 percent of world’s wildlife has been wiped out since 1970”, the stark contradiction of credible research as well as my own experience cried out for investigation. More.

Reality check: It’s quite common for species thought extinct to turn up again. Alfred Russel Wallace’s giant bee turns out not to be extinct, as feared. So has the tree kangaroo. Species that are assumed to be extinct but turn up again are called “Lazarus species.”

Sometimes it’s comical. Polar bears recently overran small northern Russian town that was lax in the way it dealt with garbage.

And there’s always the polar bear jail.

Unfortunately, environmentalists don’t help their cause by proclaiming extinctions that are not really happening in a world where some life forms are truly endangered.

See also: Science is unravelling in Venezuela Lab rats on the menu, one suspects.