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Canada taking steps to better protect polar bears 'Unique conservation responsibility' — 2/3 of them live there.

Canada taking steps to better protect polar bears 'Unique conservation responsibility' — 2/3 of them live there.

Canada's environment minister on Thursday listed the polar bear as a species of "special concern," requiring a new strategy to protect the iconic animal to be unveiled within three years. WorldShares lets you earn donations for your favorite nonprofit. Earn up to 20 points now. Learn More Earn Points What's this? Comments Email Twitter Stumble Digg Share "Canada is home to two-thirds of the world's polar bear population and we have a unique conservation responsibility to effectively care for them," said Environment Minister Peter Kent . Listing the polar bear under Canada's Species at Risk Act, he said, will help to protect "this iconic species." The management plan must aim to alleviate human threats to the polar bear. However, Kent said it would not result in prohibitions on such things as Inuit hunts. A majority of residents in Canada's far north consulted in 2008 throu...

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