28 Nov '11, 5am

What's the value of a polar bear? Apparently $420,000.

Polar bears are one of the most iconic animals on the planet, a noble species on the front-line of a warming world -- and to ensure the priceless creatures survive, Canadians are willing to shell-out some real money. According to a recent study, Canucks would be willing to contribute $6.3 billion towards saving the arctic circle's 15,000 remaining polar bears; That amounts to an impressive $420 thousand per bear! Needless to say, attempts at putting a price-tag on wildlife inevitably stirs up controversy whenever the idea is put forth, given their intrinsic value as members of a regional and global ecosystem, but a report commissioned by Environment Canada attempted to anyways. According to the Toronto Star , a survey revealed that each Canadian household would be okay with paying an average of $508 towards polar bear conservation, though not wholly out of a love of nature...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/study-values...

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