In recent years, the effects of human-induced global warming have been taking their toll the habitats of bears such as the polar bear. Bears have been so integrated into human culture that we often take them for granted. We have the perception that bears have a stable population, and will always be around. This perception is blinding us from taking more action to protect the bears. The bears are seen frequently in pop culture even as the numbers of real, free-living bears are decreasing.