Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Ursus maritimus
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Special Concern
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Special Concern
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
Special Concern
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
NWT General Status Rank: 
Sensitive
Description: 

The polar bear is one of the most recognized symbols of Canada’s north. The world's largest land carnivore, a male polar bear can reach two to three metres in length and weigh between 300-800 kilograms. Adult females are smaller and can weigh between 150-400 kg.

Polar bears are adapted to hunting seals from the sea ice. These creamy-white bears have long necks ending in narrow heads. Their small eyes and ears, furry footpads and thick layer of fat under their skin help combat heat loss.