About polar bearsThe polar bear Ursus maritimus is a bear native largelywithin the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, itssurrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is theworlds largest land carnivore and also the largest bear,together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which isapproximately the same size. An adult male weighs around350–680 kg 770–1,500 lb, while an adult female is abouthalf that size. Although it is closely related to the brownbear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche,with many body characteristics adapted for coldtemperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water,and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet.
More information The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eightof the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline. Fordecades, large scale hunting raised international concern for thefuture of the species but populations rebounded after controlsand quotas began to take effect. For thousands of years, thepolar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, andcultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and polar bears remainimportant in their cultures.
Videos and picturesHere are some videos and pictures of polarbears.