It is estimated there are approximately 26,000 polar bears. They live in the circumpolar north, and are found in Canada (home to roughly 60% of the world’s polar bears), the U.S. (Alaska), Greenland, Russia, and Norway (the Svalbard archipelago).
The IUCN lists the polar bear as a vulnerable species. Unregulated commercial and sport hunting was the major threat to polar bears in the 1960s and 1970s. Now sea ice losses and habitat loss and access to prey is the biggest threat to polar bear survival. Increased commercial activities, disease, legal hunting and pollution are other challenges the polar bear faces.