Polar Bear

polar bear, credit: Silense/Shutterstock

Threatened Provincially, Special Concern Nationally

Description

• Largest terrestrial carnivore in the world
• Has water-repellent, translucent hair that appears white, allowing it to blend in with its snowy surroundings; large forepaws make it a strong swimmer

Range

• Canada is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bears
• In Ontario, found along Hudson Bay and James Bay

Threats

• Habitat loss
• Climate change
• Over-hunting
• Pollution

Protection

• Provincially protected under the Endangered Species Act, 2007

Fact

Ontario is home to the world’s southernmost population of polar bears.

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