Harvest monitoring has been conducted in Alaska since 1980. Harvest
monitoring involves recording the number, age, and sex of polar bears
taken for subsistence purposes in Alaska, as well as the location they
From 1980-2002, the average number of polar bears recorded in the harvest
has been 103.5, including 65 % from the Chukchi/Bering seas population,
and 35% from the southern Beaufort Sea population.
During 2002/2003, 58 polar bears were harvested: 38 males, 11 females,
and 9 bears of unknown sex. Polar bears were harvested in every month
except July and December. Hunters in western Alaska, from Point Lay
to St Lawrence Island, typically harvest bears after December. This
is probably a result of bears being less available for hunting until
later when the southward advance of pack ice moves into this area. The
sex ratio of known-sex bears harvested during 2002/2003 was 77% males
and 23% females.
Last updated: September 10, 2008