'Bearlift was a scam, or at least partly a scam [...] it was well meaning, but it was a scam nonetheless. It lived off the good intentions of city types with disposable emotions who liked to think they were saving something' (pg 59)

Bearlift is a program that drops food waste in the northern barrens for starving polar bears. 'The concept was simple: the polar bears are starving because the ice is almost gone and they can't catch seals any more, so let's feed them our leftovers until they learn to adapt' (pg 59) However, the plan 'didn't help them adapt, it just taught them that food falls out of the sky.' (pg 59) The polar bears, however, started moving south and mating with the grizzlies.