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Draft Species Status Report for Polar Bear in the NWT


The NWT Species at Risk Committee (SARC) has released the draft Species Status Report for Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in the NWT for review. The species status report is a comprehensive report that compiles and analyzes the best available Indigenous, community, and scientific information on the biological status of polar bears in the NWT, as well as existing and potential threats and positive influences. The report was prepared in advance of the scheduled 2021 re-assessment of polar bear in the NWT and updates the information available in the previous (2012) status report for polar bears in the NWT.

The draft status report can be opened here.

If you are interested in reviewing the report and submitting comments, please use the following questions to guide your review:

  • Has the report fully investigated the best available sources of information?
  • Is the information from those sources portrayed accurately?

Comments on the draft report must be submitted to the Species at Risk Secretariat by no later than December 5, 2020 (commenting on this document is now closed).

Comments can be submitted via email (, fax (867-873-0293), or via standard mail (Species at Risk Secretariat, PO Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9).

If you have any questions about reviewing the draft status report, please contact the Species at Risk Secretariat.