Does the fact that polar bears are not on the endangered species list mean that they are not at risk?
Listing the polar bear as “threatened” means the animal is at risk of becoming an “endangered” species–in danger of extinction–in the foreseeable future if its habitat continues to be destroyed or adversely changed. The listing does not protect the polar bear from being hunted by natives for food and other resources.
What is the average lifespan of a polar bear?
LIFE CYCLE: Polar bears can live up to 25 or 30 years in the wild.
How many polar bears are killed each year?
Total polar bear hunting activity in Canada, Greenland, Alaska, Russia and Svalbard from 1963–2016 is estimated to have killed 53,495 bears, an average of 991 bears per year. Logically, such elevated hunting activity must have contributed to declining polar bear populations in some areas.
What is on the endangered list?
|Common name||Scientific name||Conservation status ↓|
|African forest elephant||Critically Endangered|
|Amur Leopard||Panthera pardus orientalis||Critically Endangered|
|Black Rhino||Diceros bicornis||Critically Endangered|
|Bornean Orangutan||Pongo pygmaeus||Critically Endangered|