Discussion Topic: Can Hunting Save Polar Bears?

_VANKAREM, RUSSIA — Here on the frozen edge of the country's Arctic expanse, where a changing climate has brought polar bears into greater contact with people, Russia has embraced a counterintuitive method of preserving the creatures: hunting them, legally. . . .

If hunters are allowed to take at least some bears legally, the reasoning goes, they might be less tempted to break the law for the bear's meat, consumed locally as an illicit delicacy, and for the thousands of dollars pelts can fetch.

"It is like the Russian saying," said Sergei Nomkymyn, a hunter in this village 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle, who favors a resumption of legal hunting. "The wolves would not be hungry, and the sheep would remain intact."_

Does this make sense to you?