Despite vanishing sea ice and shorter winters, Labrador's polar bear population is growing. That's good news for the bears, and Inuit hunters, who get a bigger bear-hunting quota. This increase has happened since the mid-80s. The reason is probably the increase in harp seal populations alongside international pressure causing Newfoundland's seal fishery to collapse. The bear-hunting programme preserves Inuit tradition and provides food to their communities, but also gives them a vested interest in preserving bear populations in the long-run. For the full Guardian story, go to the link in our bio.