Â. Regehr, E.V., R.R. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 1999: 27(3). A study by researchers at the University of Washington and federal Fish and Wildlife Agency says about 3,000 polar bears make up the population in the Chukchi. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said at the department’s press conference that the polar bear population increased from "a low of about 12,000 … Trace Element Concentrations in Livers of Polar Bears from Two Populations in Northern and Western Alaska.  Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 53:473-482. 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Environmental Science & Technology 40:449-456. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said at the department’s press conference that the polar bear population increased from 'a low of about 12,000 … Polar bear-grizzly bear interactions during the autumn open water period in Alaska. Wilder, J.M., D. Vongraven, T. Atwood, B. Hansen, A. Jessen, A. Kochnev, G. York, R. Regehr, E.V., R.R. Fish and Wildlife Service. You may see bears in Denali National Park or elsewhere. Polar bear attacks on humans: implications of a changing climate. Report to the Inupiat of the North Slope, Alaska and the Inuvialuit of the Northwest Territories, Canada, 2010-2011. However, conservation efforts are delic… Ecology 91(10:2883-2897. Wiig, Ø., S. Amstrup, T. Atwood, K. Laidre, N. Lunn, M. Obbard, E. Regehr, and G. Thiemann. 2015. Increased land use by Chukchi Sea polar bears in relation to changing sea ice conditions. Williams, M.T., C.S. Wilson, M. St. Martin, E.V. If you're headed to Alaska, you might want to take the opportunity to see them in the wild. Laidre, and Ø. Regehr, D. Douglas, and J. Olson. Durner, E.V. Wilson, K.D. Bromaghin, D. Douglas, R.R. 232pp. The Federal Register announcement which summarizes the draft Revised Stock Assessment Reports and each draft report are available by selecting the links below: U.S Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska Region According to survey results from 2016 only recently made public, about 2937 bears (1522-5944) currently inhabit the region, making this the largest subpopulation in the Arctic. Those three bears were seen in 2017, a year when sea ice retreated earlier in the season than most other years. Population Ecology 54:3-18. Biometrics 75:810-820. Chlorinated hydrocarbon contaminants and metabolites in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Alaska, Canada, East Greenland, and Svalbard: 1996-2002. Kaktovik is a place far away from modern civilization on the edge of the world, and very popular with polar bears. 25 pp. 2018. to Jacobs Field Services, Anchorage, Alaska.  11p.Â. In 2014, a study published in Ecological Applications on polar bears in northeast Alaska and the Northwest Territory in Canada (the Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population) documented a 40 percent population loss between 2001-2010, dropping from 1,500 to 900 bears. Regehr, S.C. Amstrup, and M. Ben-David. Survey-based assessment of the frequency and potential impacts of recreation on polar bears. 4, p.17. Journal of Wildlife Management 84:201-212. The U.S. portion of the quota includes the NSB communities of Wainwright, Barrow, Kaktovik, and Nuiqsut. In Alaska’s southern Beaufort Sea population, biologists have already seen polar bear numbers drop 25 – 50 % during low ice periods when the bears have been forced to fast for too long. Polar bear population status in the Southern Beaufort Sea. Conservation Biology 29:724-737.             Â. Peacock, E., et al. and K. Johnson. Polar bears have a great sense of smell. Perham, E. Regehr, K.Rode, and J. Wilder. Current projections predict that by 2050, sea ice in the Arctic will be gone, and in another several decades polar bears in Alaska may follow. Rode, Ø. 2016. Pollution – Many toxins build up in animal fat, and a healthy polar bear diet requires large quantities of fat. Regehr, E.V., et al. On June 22, 2017, the U.S. Whiteman, J.P., J.J. Harlow, G.M. Summary of Polar Bear Management in Alaska 2008/2009. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management, Anchorage, Alaska. About 8,000 bears from Canada to Alaska to Russia share this divergent ice. Gabrielsen, E. Peacock, and C. Sonne. Endangered Species Act. Rode, K.D., E.V. Concentrations of selected essential and non-essential elements in adult male polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Alaska. Rode, M.C. Perham.  2009.  Survey of maternal polar bear den habitat between Atigaru Point and North Kalikpik Well No. An estimated 30,000 brown bears live in Alaska. McDonald, D.M. Polar bear management in the southern Beaufort Sea: An Agreement between the Inuvialuit Game Council and the North Slope Borough Fish and Game Committee. 2008. 2017. 2014. 1998. Most people only ever get to see polar bears in a zoo. Ecological Applications 26:1302-1320. 2019. With receding ice, polar bears have a hard time maintaining their food supply, ringed and bearded seals, which also rely on sea ice. Miller, S., K. Rode, C. Perham, T.J. Evans, E. Regehr, and T. DeBruyn. Wildlife Technical Bulletin WTB-2016-15. (pdf), Vongraven, D., J. Aars, S.Amstrup, S.N. Rapid environmental change drives increased land. 2005. Whiteman, J.P., K.A. This involves submissive behavior, circling, and nose bumping. 1999. (2007) on polar bears and climate change in western Hudson Bay, Federal Register announcement and summary information, Polar Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic Sea Ice News, Fish of the Week! Alaskan town's polar bear problem leads to tourism boom ABC News' Amy Robach visits a tiny Alaskan village that polar bears recently descended on in hordes because of the changing climate. U.S. Climate change threatens polar bear populations: as stochastic demographic analysis. The Arctic Refuge has a population of approximately 900 polar bears. Variation in the response of an Arctic top predator experiencing habitat loss: feeding and reproductive ecology of two polar bear populations. Today’s study, published in Ecological Applications, analyzed data on polar bears in northeast Alaska and the Northwest Territories and documented a 40 percent population loss between 2001-2010 from 1,500 to 900 bears. Also hunting, pollution, ocean acidification and industrial development. (pdf), Letcher, R. J. M.A. 2012. 2005. Albeke, J.P. Whiteman, S.C. Amstrup, E. Richardson, R.R. rept.,  USFWS, Marine Mammals Management, Anchorage, Alaska.  34pp. Fish and Wildlife Service published a Federal Register Notice informing the public that we have developed draft revised marine mammal stock assessment reports for each of the two polar bear (Ursus maritimus) stocks in Alaska: The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear stock and the Chukchi/Bering Seas polar bear stock. 55pp. Wilson, M. Ben-David. Harlow, G.M. 2009.  Reduced body size and cub recruitment in polar bears associated with sea ice decline.  Ecological Applications: In press. (pdf). Alaska Wilderness League galvanizes support to secure vital policies that protect and defend America’s last great wild public lands and waters. Born, M. Brannigan, R. Dietz, T.J. Evans, G.W. Born, M. Branigan, T. DeBruyn, A.E. Miller, W., et al. (Video above is Point of View POV footage from a collar on a female on the ice of the Beaufort Sea. Kannan, K., Yun, S.H. Schliebe, S. Miller, C. Perham, and K. Rode. These include: Southern Beaufort Sea (SB), Chukchi Sea, Laptev Sea, Kara Sea, Barents Sea, East Greenland, Northern Beaufort (NB), Kane Basin (KB), Norwegian Bay (NW), Lancaster Sound (LS), Gulf of Boothia (GB), M’Clintock Channel (MC), Viscount Melville Sound (VM), Baffin Bay, Davis Strait, Foxe Basin, Western Hudson Bay (WH), Southern Hudson Bay and the Arctic Basin (AB). As sea ice continues to disappear, polar bears are forced to swim further and further out to sea in an attempt to reach prey. Report to the Inupiat of the North Slope, Alaska, and the Inuvialuit of the Northwest Territories on polar bear management in the Southern Beaufort Sea, 2007-2008,  28-29 April 2009, Barrow, Alaska. Born, K.L. Nelson. The Terrestrial Denning Habitat includes lands within 32 km of the northern coast of Alaska between the U.S. Canadian border and the Kavik River and within 8 km between the Kavik River and Barrow. Perham, C.J. Spatial and temporal trends of selected trace elements in liver tissue from polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. Patyk, K.A., et al. Smith, V.D. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Nanuuq Commission. 2015. In Press. Ramsay, S. Schliebe, I. Stirling, M.S. Potential impacts of offshore oil spills on polar bears in the Chukchi Sea. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photographer Danny Sullivan released photos he took of a family of polar bears in Alaska playing and attempting to eat plastic trash. Perham.  2009.  Survey of maternal polar bear den habitat between Atigaru Point and Kogru River Dew line Site, National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska, March 2009.  Unpubl. 2005.  Summary of Polar Bear Management in Alaska, 2003-2004: Report to the Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee, 7-9 February, 2005, Edmonton, Canada. Polar Biology 29: 997-1002. 2006. Schliebe, S.L., J.W. Schliebe, S.L., T.J. Evans, S. Miller, C. Perham. Some bears are even drowning as they swim further and further distances out to sea to find food. Miller, S., S.Schliebe, and K. Proffitt. A man from Arctic Village (Alaska), out checking his trap-line, killed a polar bear at his cabin when it came after him: only odd things were it was the first week of January and the cabin was more than 100 miles south of the Beaufort Sea coast. Atwood, T.C., E.M. Peacock, M.A. Atkinson, S. Belikov, E.W. Photo: Emma/Flickr. Schliebe, S.L., T.J. Evans, S. Miller, C. J. Perham, and K.Rode. A plastic jug filled with sludge is passed between the bears as … 1995. Regehr, K.D. Jensen, G.M. 23pp. 2018. Using simulation to evaluate wildlife survey designs: polar bears and seals in the Chukchi Sea. Relationship-scale conservation. Atwood, T.C., E.M. Peacock, M.A. Polar bears are important as a nutritional, cultural, and economic resource for indigenous people around the Arctic. Evans, T.J., S. Schliebe, S. Miller, C. Perham, and K. Rode.  2008.  Summary of polar bear management in Alaska, 2006-2007.  Report to the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, 17-18 January, 2008, Nome, Alaska. Polar bears experience skeletal muscle atrophy in response to food deprivation and reduced activity in winter and summer. Conservation Physiology 5:cox049. This was based on a population estimate of 1526 and is considered a maximum sustainable harvest. 2011. Global Change Biology 20:76-88.Â. Cubs who swim too far to find food often perish. Converse, E. Richardson, and I. Stirling. Rode, K.D., R.R. Olson, J.W., K.D. About 8,000 bears from Canada to Alaska to Russia share this divergent ice.               Â. Brooks, J. J., R. G. Dvorak, M. Spindler, and S. Miller. (pdf), U.S. Wilson, R.R., J.S. 2015. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, Anchorage, Alaska.  29pp. 1-11. Global Change Biology 23:3460-3473. Adult females also select locations that will provide an environment safe from predatory adult males, disturbance, and adverse weather conditions; all risks to which cubs are particularly vulnerable. Wilson, R.R., and G.M. 20pp. Smith, T. S., S. Herrero, T. D. DeBruyn, and J. M. Wilder. Regehr, and M. Ben-David.  2011. Report to the Inupiat of the North Slope, Alaska and the Inuvialuit of the Northwest Territories on polar bear management in the Southern Beaufort Sea, 5-6 June 2006, Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau, Alaska. Garner. (pdf), Rode, K.D., J.D. Regehr, E.V., L. Polasek, A. 2018. Durner, E.V. Miller, S., J. Wilder, and R.R. Harvest risk assessment for polar bears in the Chukchi Sea: report to the Commissioners of the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Agreement. While hunting has long been an issue, global warming has done a number on polar bears' habitats in recent years, dramatically shrinking the polar bear population worldwide. Wilder, J. M., T. DeBruyn, T. Smith, A. Southwould. Polar bears are found in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. 2014. In the U.S., laws protecting the polar bear provide special exemptions for coastal-dwelling Alaska Native peoples so that they may harvest polar bears for subsistence purposes, including making and selling handicrafts. 1998. If properly nourished, polar bears also have a thick fat layer. 2001. Rode, K.D., Amstrup, S.C., and Regehr, E.V. Effects of earlier sea ice breakup on survival and population size of polar bears in western Hudson Bay.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 2673-2683. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species currently classifies the polar bear as ‘vulnerable.’. Polar bear families generally emerge from their den in March or April when the cubs are strong enough to survive outside and ready to make the trek to the sea ice. Consequences of long-distance swimming and travel over deep-water  pack ice for a female polar bear during a year of extreme ice retreat. The Arctic Refuge has a population of approximately 900 polar bears. Rode, K.D., S.C. Amstrup, and E.V. Kalxdorff, S., S. Schliebe, and S. Belikov. Human-polar bear interaction will also likely increase, as the iconic Arctic symbol becomes more and more a climate refugee. 2002. Alaska contains about 98% of the U.S. brown bear population and 70% of the total North American population. There are now fewer than 20,000 polar bears left on Earth. 1998. Marine Mammals Management, Anchorage, Alaska. Regehr, B.C. 2018. An Analysis of Oil Spill Impact for Polar Bears in the Central Beaufort Sea.  Unpubl. 2011. Ursus Monograph Series 5:1-66. Which means either the polar bear or the grizzly migrated into the other's territory. Alaska Bear Viewing Tours (:51) Strong, unbridled, and nomadic, bears are perhaps the ultimate symbol of the Alaskan wild. Hannay, C. J. Perham, M. T. Williams, S. A. MacLean, S. C. Amstrup.  In prep.  Measurements of industrial noise and ground vibration in artificial polar bear dens.Â, Regehr, E.W., C.M. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, U.K. Nageak, B.P., C.D.N. 24pp. U.S./Russia Bilateral Agreement on Polar Bears Breaks New Ground in International conservation. Prepared by U.S. 21pp. Join us every Monday for this new podcast, Reward Offered for Information Regarding Shooting of Bald Eagle, Proposed Incidental Harassment Authorization Available for Public Review and Comment, Happy 60th Birthday to Two Iconic Refuges, ANILCA at 40: Landmark Legislation for an Alaskan Conservation EthicÂ, USFWS Habitat Restoration Staff Part of Team to Receive National Chief's and Under Secretary's Honors Award for Customer Experience, Fish Camp and Family: Cora Demit shares her Alaska Native heritage with visitors to Tetlin Refuge, Remember the Simple Truths: Sylvia Pitka shares Athabascan wisdom with visitors to Alaska, water repellent guard hairs, dense underfur, and black skin for absorbing warmth, small "suction cups" on the soles of their feet for traction on slippery ice, teeth specialized for a solely carnivorous diet, ability to store large amounts of fat when food is available and then use it during lean times. Wilson, K.D. Perham, C. Putnam, E. Regehr, K.Rode, M. St. Martin, and J. Wilder. Wilson, E.V. Conn, P.B., E.E. Stishov, O. Wiig, A. Boltunov, G.I. Retreating sea ice notwithstanding, the polar bear population off the western coast of Alaska’s Chukchi Sea appears to be abundant and healthy. It's a fact that polar bears and grizzly bears have bred together. Polar bear aerial survey in the eastern Chukchi sea: a pilot study. Polar bear conservation in the United States, 2005-2009. Sea ice habitat is essential to most polar bear activities. In: Arctic Bulletin; World Wildlife Fund No. 1998. U.S. If you're headed to Alaska, you might want to take the opportunity to see them in the wild. Cronin. 2017. The impressive bears stand up to 10 feet tall on their hind legs and are adapted for life in the chilly waters of the Arctic Ocean. Fish & Wildlife Service Technical Report MMM 98-1; Anchorage, Alaska. Seismic survey design and impacts to maternal polar bear dens. PLoS One 10:e0136126. Marine Ecology Progress Series 564:211-224. Help protect polar bears from drilling near their dens. Regehr, S.C. Olson, J.W., K.D. PLoS One 10:e0142213. Best way to see bears in Kaktovik: Day tour or overnight package tour 2005. You may obtain a copy of the referenced manuscript or supplemental materials in the links below. If you wish to submit comments on the manuscript you may do so by either sending your comments via email to fw7_ak_marine_mammals@fws.gov or mail to: Marine Mammals Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Technical Report MMM 97-2; Anchorage, Alaska. Born, K. L. Laidre, R. Dietz, M.V. Rode, K.D., R.R. 2006. It provides a platform for hunting and feeding, for seeking mates and breeding, for movement to terrestrial maternity denning areas, for resting, and for long-distance movements. Durner, G.M., D.C. Douglas, S.E. Brower, C.D., A. Carpenter, M. Branigan, W. Calvert, T. Evans, A. Fischbach, J. Nagy, S. Schliebe, and I. Stirling. McDonald, E.S. They depend on the sea ice-dominated ecosystem to support essential life functions. 272pp. Regehr, S.J. 2011. The polar bear has been categorized on the IUCN Red List as a vulnerable species since 2005. 1993. Fish and Wildlife Service. (pdf). Submitted Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. Response to Dyck et al. McKinney, K. Lillie, R.R. Especially when they run! Journal of Applied Ecology 54:1534-1543. (2007) on polar bears and climate change in western Hudson Bay Ecological Complexity 5:193-201.Â, Hunter, C.M., Caswell, H., Runge, M.C., Regehr, E.V., Amstrup, S.C., and Stirling, I.  2007.  Polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea II: demography and population growth in relation to sea ice conditions.  U. S. Geological Survey Administrative Report.  U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA. 46p. Regehr, L. Quakenbush, J. Omelak, M. Nelson, and K. Nesvacil. Perham, C. Putnam, E. Regehr, K. Rode, and J. Wilder. Kalxdorff, Susanne B. Biology Letters 12:20160556. Rode, E.V. Budge. In: Arctic Bulletin; World Wildlife Fund No. Born, K.L. 1995. T.J. Evans, C. Hamilton, S. Miller, C.J. There have been several in the bears' wilderness habitats involving hikers, hunters, and campers. The village lies on Barter Island in the Beaufort Sea, and this was historically an important place for Alaskan Inupiaq and Canadian Inuit people to trade. Summary of polar bear management in Alaska. In: CAFF: Arctic Flora and Fauna: Status and Conservation. 2017. Wilson, T. Smith, and M. St. Martin. Rode, K.D., R.R. Perham, E. Regehr, K. Rode, C. Putnam, and C. Hamilton. Polar bear populations in and around Alaska are declining due to continued melting of sea ice and Russian poaching, according to reports released Thursday by … 2002. Wilson, R.R., E.V. Durner, E.V. This Island Village In Alaska Has More Polar Bears Than People. Wilson, D.C. Douglas, V. Muhlenbruch, T.C. Polar bears evolved over thousands of years to life in a sea ice environment. 1997. Durner, E.V. OCS Study MMS 2005-034. (pdf), Evans, T.J., S. Schliebe, S. Miller, C. J. Perham, and K.Rode. U.S. Smithwick, M., Mabury, S.A., Solomon, K.R., Sonne, C., Martin, J.W., Born, E.W., Dietz, R., Derocher, A.E., Letcher, R.J., Evans, T.J., Gabrielsen, G.W., Nagy, J., Stirling, I., Taylor, M.K., and Muir, D.C.G. Wilson, M. St. Martin, E.V. Born, M. Branigan, E. Choy, R. Dietz, T.J. Evans, G.W. DENNING: 2006. Regehr, E.V., N.J. Hostetter, R.R. Wilson, K.D. Polar bears: proceedings of the 14th working meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 20-24 June, 2005, Seattle, Washington, USA. Their fur appears to be white but is actually transparent. Government of Northwest Territories. The last few decades have been some success in maintaining and even increasing the population of polar bears found in the wild. 2016. 2007. Using genetics to verify sex of harvested polar bears: management implications. 2020. 2017. The total area designated covers 484,734 sq km (187,157 sq mi), with approximately 96 percent of the critical habitat area being sea ice. Additional threats to polar bears include: The IUCN states that 20-25,000 polar bears remain in the wild worldwide. However, consuming seal blubber is critical to allowing them to maintain their needed body weight. Appropriate terrestrial denning habitat typically occurs near the coast which allows females to prey on seals, so that they can meet their nutritional needs before and after denning. 2011. STATUS:  “Threatened ” under U.S. 2012. 2015. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. Polar bears eat mainly ringed and bearded seals, waiting for seals to surface in their breathing holes or stalking them on ice floes. 2009.  Summary of Polar Bear Management in Alaska, 2007-2008: Report to the Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee, 3-5 February, 2009, Whitehorse, Canada. 2016. Wilson, R.R., C. Perham, D. French-McCay, and R. Balouskus. McKinney, K. Lillie, R.R. 775-1,300 lbs for males and 330-650 lbs for females. Current projections predict that by 2050, sea ice in the Arctic will be gone, and in another several decades polar bears in Alaska may follow. Polar bear management in Alaska, 2000-2004. Durner, G.M., J.P. Whiteman, H. J. Harlow, S.C. Amstrup, E.V. 2011. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109:E2382-E2390. 2017. Conservations status of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in relation to projected sea-ice declines. Derocher (eds). Fish and Wildlife Service. Proceedings of the Beaufort Sea Polar Bear Monitoring Workshop. 8pp. Implications of the circumpolar genetic structure of polar bears for their conservation in a rapidly warming Arctic. Rode, and M.C. These include: Southern Beaufort … 2004. Evans, T.J., S.L. It can also affect mother polar bears when they select their dens, or cause them to abandon a den and their cubs. 2015. United States-Russia sign polar bear accord. Regehr, R.R. Regehr, M. St. Martin, T.C. Stishov, M.K. © 2019 Alaska Wilderness League | 122 C St NW, Ste 240, Washington, DC 20001 | Tel: 202-544-5205 Fax: 202-544-5197 | info@alaskawild.org | Privacy Policy. Royal Society Open Science 3:150561. Rode, M.C. Gleason, J.S., and K. D. Rode.  2009. Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are one of 4 marine mammal species managed by the U.S. Department of Interior.The USGS Alaska Science Center leads long–term research on polar bears to inform local, state, national and international policy makers regarding conservation of the species and its habitat. 2018. 2010. Environmental Science & Technology 39:5517-5523. Designated critical habitat includes three units: barrier islands, sea ice and terrestrial denning habitat. In July 2019, 31 of the 38 bears recorded were seen on shore. Rode, and M. Ben-David. Interim Report to Minerals Management Service, Marine Mammals Management, Anchorage, Alaska. PHYSICAL FEATURES: Polar bears are thought to have evolved from brown bears close to 110,000 years ago. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, along with the Alaska Maritime Refuge, are the only areas within the National Wildlife Refuge System that all three North American bear species call home.Over 900 polar bears live on the shores of the Beaufort Sea, appearing between August and October after a period of denning, and several tour operators offer guided tours. Muir, D.C.G., Backus, S., Derocher, A.E., Dietz, R., Evans, T.J., Gabrielsen, G.W., Nagy, J., Norstrom, R.J., Sonne, C., Stirling, I., Taylor, M.K., and Letcher, R.J. 2006. Evans, T.J. 2004. E.W. In July 2019, 31 of the 38 bears recorded were seen on shore. Arctic 00(0): 000-000. Kalxdorff, S., S. Schliebe, T. Evans, and K. Proffitt. Wilson, E.V. Nelson. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T22823A14871490.Â. 2019. 2017. 2015. A powerful and patient predator on land, sea, and ice, the polar bear is the world’s largest carnivore and a unique symbol of the Arctic. 2018. 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