The prediction was that as sea ice dwindled, so would the polar bear population.
And just the opposite is true.
Polar bear experts who falsely predicted that roughly 17,300 polar bears by now (given sea ice conditions since 2007) have realized their failure has not only kicked their own credibility to the curb, it has taken with it the reputations of their climate change colleagues. This has left many folks unhappy about the toppling of this important global warming icon but ironically, consensus polar bear experts and climate scientists (and their supporters) were the ones who set up the polar bear as a proxy for AGW in the first place.
Sea ice down.
Polar bear population up.