Polar Bear Critical Habitat
USFWS Marine Mammals Management provides maps (pdf) and GIS shapefiles for polar bear: Critical Habitat Combined Barrier Islands Critical Habitat No-Disturbance Zone Critical Habitat Exclusions Denning Critical Habitat Sea Ice Critical Habitat
On May 15, 2008, the Service published a Final Rule in the Federal Register listing the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This listing is based on the best available science, which shows that loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat. Any significant changes in the abundance, distribution, or existence of sea ice will have effects on the number and behavior of these animals and their prey. This loss of habitat puts polar bears at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future, the standard established by the ESA for designating a threatened species.
This site provides additional information regarding polar bear management.
Data and Resources
Website :: USFWS Marine Mammals Management - Polar Bear
Updated link USFWS Marine Mammals Management - Polar Bear
Polar Bear Critical Habitat was updated 4 months ago