Polar bear
© WWF-US / Elisabeth Kruger

Polar bear population

How many polar bears are there?

Current polar bear populations

22-31,000
polar bears worldwide, estimated
Source: IUCN (How is this range calculated?)

19
distinct sub-populations

60-80%
of polar bears are in Canada

Status by country
  • International: Vulnerable
  • Canada: Special Concern
  • Greenland / Denmark: Vulnerable
  • Norway: Vulnerable
  • Russia: Indeterminate, Rare, or Recovering, depending on population
  • United States: Threatened
polar bear population

Timeline of polar bear conservation

Polar bear assessment bring good and troubling news

Last month, the Polar Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a new assessment of polar bears. The findings reveal the most up-to-date information for polar bear populations.

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