U.S. Biologist Suspended over Report on Dead Polar Bears

July 29, 2011

U.S. Biologist Suspended over Report on Dead Polar Bears

Charles Monnett, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, has been placed on administrative leave pending results of an investigation into a 2006 report that Dr. Monnett co-wrote on deaths among polar bears swimming in the Beaufort Sea. Monnett, who is based in Ancorage, Alaska, was responsible for co-ordinating most of the agency’s research on Arctic wildlife and ecology.
Dr. Monnett and a co-author, Jeffrey Gleason, prepared the seven-page observational report for the science  journal Polar Biology after spotting four dead polar bears during an aerial survey of bowhead whales in the Beaufort Sea in 2004. As word of the sightings spread, images of drowned polar bears became a staple for activists who warned that global warming and the retreat of sea ice were threatening the bears’ survival.
In the peer-reviewed article, they said they were reporting, to the best of their knowledge, the first observations of polar bears floating dead offshore and presumed drowned while apparently swimming long distances in open water. Polar bears are considered strong swimmers, they wrote, but long-distance swims may exact a greater metabolic toll than standing or walking on ice in better weather.
They said their observations suggested the bears drowned in rough seas and high winds. They also added that the findings “suggest that drowning-related deaths of polar bears may increase in the future if the observed trend of regression of pack ice and/or longer open water periods continues.”
There is no indication to date that action will be taken against Dr. Gleason, who now works for the bureau in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spokeperson for BOEMRE acknowledged the ongoing internal investigation into Dr. Monnett”s research but declined to offer any specific reasons for the investigation. Whatever the outcome or the nature of the allegations, the investigation will likely fuel the ongoing fight between climate change activists and those who are sceptical of scientists’ findings about global warming.

Publisher: Salient News

6 comments on “U.S. Biologist Suspended over Report on Dead Polar Bears”

Bhala Jones

So what did he do? Fake the report? Fake the dead bears? someone is saying that bears are NOT dying? Or that if they are dying he didn’t see them?

It is not fair to publish something like this and not say why there are suspicions of wrongdoing. People will believe what they read and think that something is wrong even is it isn’t.

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David Reinertson

Just a smear so far.

The notion of “scientific ethics” as meaning that you can’t write up your observations without incurring legal liability or without permission from your supervisor is false.

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Very irresponsible reporting. The details of the suspension at the very least. My God we don’t’ even know what the issue is form this article…

dumb humans

there is no ‘issue’…the only ‘agenda’ is to cast doubt, in this case, on actual observations which are filmed and cannot be ‘falsified’…actual verifiable truth makes the oil cos. which own our govt. very nervous…people might start growing brains and thinking for themselves and they don’t like it.

when all polar bears are dead in near future, the only ’cause’ then will be to somehow cast doubt on fact that man is responsible…

I will vote if the election were held today for Jon Huntsman as he has balls to tell tea party aholes to kiss his a$$$…..we need a president with balls not a great do nothing compromiser or a bunch of denialist sh*(bags.

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