Longtime polar bear advocate and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has banned polar bear hunting in that country for this year, due to concern over declining numbers of bears.
A joint agreement between the US and Russia over polar bear hunt quotas allocated 29 bears per year to be taken in both Russia and the United States by native peoples of both countries, but this has been waived in Russia for this year. the joint agreement has been praised by environmental groups as a positive step to give the polar bears “breathing room” to recover their numbers.
Last year, Putin took part in a polar bear study program with a team of scientists and has also participated in a study of gray whales in the Pacific waters off the coast of the Russian Far East.
For more on this topic, visit the Seattle PI’s Russia bans endangered polar bear hunt this year.