Endangered Species Program
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Featured Species | Polar Bear (05:35)

Host: Sarah Leon with Susanne Miller

Polar Bear (click to view larger)
polar bear
Photo credit: Susanne Miller/USFWS


Status: Threatened/ Listed on May 15, 2008
Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus
Description: When the polar bear was listed as threatened in 2008, it marked the first time the Endangered Species Act was used to protect a species threatened by the impacts of climate change.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011