Canada's Polar Bear Subpopulations

Canada is home to about 16,000 polar bears, which is approximately two-thirds of the world’s total estimated population of  26,000 (95% Cl: 22,000-31,000) individuals. The global population is divided into 19 subpopulations, of which 13 are managed or co-managed by Canada. Over 90% of the polar bears in Canada occur in two of Canada’s northernmost territories: Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. 

Subpopulation details

Detailed Map

Annual Removal (2014-2015):

136
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

146
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

2074
Recent Trend:

Likely Decline
IK Assessment:

Stable
Year of Estimate:

1997
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

95
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

110
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

2158
Recent Trend:

Likely Increase
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

2007
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

114
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

106
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

2580
Recent Trend:

Stable
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

2009-2010
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

67
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

60
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

1592
Recent Trend:

Likely Stable
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

2000
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

3
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

5
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

164
Recent Trend:

Uncertain
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

1997
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

80
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

87
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

2541
Recent Trend:

Uncertain
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

1995-1997
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

5
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

3
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

284
Recent Trend:

Likely Increase
IK Assessment:

Stable
Year of Estimate:

2000
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

35
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

43
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

1291
Recent Trend:

Likely Stable
IK Assessment:

Stable
Year of Estimate:

2006
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

1
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

2
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

203
Recent Trend:

Uncertain
IK Assessment:

Stable
Year of Estimate:

1997
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

22
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

40
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

1215
Recent Trend:

Likely Decline
IK Assessment:

Stable
Year of Estimate:

2006
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

43
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

59
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

943
Recent Trend:

Stable
IK Assessment:

Stable/Increased
Year of Estimate:

2012
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

2
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

5
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

161
Recent Trend:

Likely Stable
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

1992
Annual Removal (2014-2015):

25
Historical Annual Removal (5 yr mean):

28
Most Recent Abundance Estimate:

1030
Recent Trend:

Likely Stable
IK Assessment:

Increasing
Year of Estimate:

2011