The US Government classified the Polar Bear under its Endangered Species Act (ESA).
What does vulnerable mean for polar bears?
Because of these challenges polar bears are now listed as being a vulnerable species. Being a vulnerable species means it is on the threatened species list and so its on its way to becoming an endangered and extinct species.
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 the average lifespan of a polar bear?
LIFE CYCLE: Polar bears can live up to 25 or 30 years in the wild.