Status & Threats

There are many things in life worth preserving. Land, trees, and animals - especially polar bears. There are 19 identified populations of polar bears living in four sea ice regions across the Arctic. While that may sound like a large volume of these amazing creatures, it is quite the opposite. In the 60's and 70's, unregulated sport and commercial hunting was a major threat to polar bears.

The 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears was signed in Oslo on November 15 of that same year by Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States and marked the first time these 5 nations came together to support the conservation of polar bears. It remains one of the strongest multilateral environmental agreements ever signed.

Today, hunting and harvest are not the top threats to polar bears and their habitats; it's climate change. They have reduced access to their primary prey but also fight challenges like pollution, disease, inadequate habitat protection, and the potential for over-harvest in smaller or declining sub-populations.