NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
Reasons: Restricted to high northern latitudes; total population size 20,000-25,000, in about 19 relatively discrete major populations; global warming effects on sea ice are projected to result in major declines in polar bear distribution and abundance over the foreseeable future.
Intrinsic Vulnerability: Highly vulnerable
Environmental Specificity: Narrow. Specialist or community with key requirements common.