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Catalog Record: Polar Bear Critical Habitat
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Organizations

USFWS
Primary

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.

Complete
2011-01-26

Data and Resources

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    Website :: USFWS Marine Mammals Management - Polar Bear

    http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/polarbear/esa.htm#critical_habitat

Status: Complete
Start Date: 2011/01/26
Type: Report
Data Types: GIS, Report
Primary Organizations
Type
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal

Regions
North Slope

Direct Record Link
http://catalog.northslopescience.org/catalog/entries/3617-polar-bear-critical-habitat
Direct Full Map Link
http://catalog.northslopescience.org/catalog/entries/3617-polar-bear-critical-habitat/map