You are here Canada loosens rules on putting polar bears into captivity
Manitoba, Canada is being criticized for making it easier to take polar bears from the icy shores of Hudson Bay and place them in captivity.
The province — home to the polar bear capital of Churchill — has quietly lifted restrictions that had been in place for 30 years and which only allowed bears under the age of two to be put in zoos.
Some scientists are applauding the change. They say climate change is making it increasingly difficult for polar bears as the sea ice they need to hunt seals melts earlier in the spring and forms later in the fall. Confrontations with humans are becoming more frequent as the bears venture closer to civilization.
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