RE: polar bear population is doing just fine.
Doing just fine?
Conservation officers say there is a correlation between the time bears spend on land and conflicts with humans.
For decades, polar bears have been a fact of life in this so-called "Polar Bear Capital of the World." Every year, several hundred animals come ashore when the last of the sea ice melts in July, usually spending four months on land before the sea ice re-forms and the bears can return to the ice to hunt seals, their primary source of food. But swiftly melting Arctic summer sea ice, particularly in the past decade, is forcing an increasing number of bears to swim ashore earlier on the west coast of Hudson Bay and to remain for longer periods of time.
What would YOU do IF you were in the bears situation? (as a bear you would not have access to a boat to take you out to the ice)
Stuck on land, waiting for the ice to form, the wild berries are all gone, you can't plant a garden, the neighbours don't like you eating their kids or pets?
THEY are not doing "just fine"