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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.

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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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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