Where Do Polar Bears Live?

Two polar bears follow mom as she heads for the sea ice to hunt seals. Photo copyright BJ Kirschhoffer/Polar Bears International. Details...

Polar bears live in the circumpolar north in areas where they can hunt seals at openings in the sea ice called leads. They are found in Canada (home to roughly 60% of the world's polar bears), the U.S. (Alaska), Greenland, Russia, and Norway (the Svalbard archipelago). Scientists have identified 19 populations of polar bears living in four different ice regions in the Arctic.

Although popular art and children's books often show polar bears and penguins together, the two live at opposite poles. Polar bears live in the Arctic. Penguins live in Antarctica.

See how each polar bear population is faring: Population & Distribution Map