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STATE OF THE POLAR BEAR REPORT 2019

June 17, 2020
By Susan Crockford

Despite significant fluctuations in sea ice levels that were expected to negatively impact polar bear populations, most polar bear populations are stable or increasing with the bears appearing well-fed and producing healthy young.

During the midst of substantial changes in sea ice levels and repeated warnings that loss of sea ice would caused polar bear populations to plummet, the best available evidence indicates polar bear numbers are at historically measured highs, and with most polar bear population segments increasing or stable in number. In addition, where measured, bear weights, live births, and the number of young bears reaching maturity, indicate little or no stress on populations and no shortage of food.

Polar bears are adaptable omnivores, not necessarily dependent on any single food source.