Prevention of Extinction: The Polar Bear
Polar bears, the largest type of bear, are carnivores with a snow-white coat that matches their natural habitat of arctic regions. Recently, there has been a debate about whether the polar bear species should be officially designated as endangered. The argument that the polar bear should be on the endangered species list is compelling. They need to be put on that list because polar bears are in danger due to global warming, they are important and necessary animals to the ecosystem, and every endangered animal should be protected. Therefore, the federal government should designate polar bears as endangered.
Despite the fact that numbers of polar bears has not yet dwindled, the endangered species list should include Polar bears because they are clearly in danger of going extinct in the foreseeable future. For generations, they have been hunted by humans. If that alone wasn't enough to tilt the scales, global warming has now come into play and become a greater threat to their future. Their habitat is disappearing; reports of polar bears stuck on ice floes have been well documented. Also, their food supply is dwindling, which further contributes to the polar bears’ endangerment. With global warming threatening their future, the government should act now to reverse the danger to the polar bear.
Another important factor for the government to consider is that polar bears are necessary to keep order in their environment. By placing the polar bear on the endangered species list, one would not only protect the polar bear species, but also the environment in which they live. First off, polar bears keep their niche balanced; arctic foxes scavenge off of them, and their prey, such as ring seals, are kept from overpopulating. Their coats are also very important. Eskimos use them to bring in a good income. Others use the coats to keep warm. They are clearly an important animal in the arctic ecosystem. However,...