Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region


Polar Bear

What We Do

The primary objective of the polar bear program is to ensure that polar bear populations in Alaska remain a healthy, functioning component of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas ecosystems. Management responsibilities are described in the Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan. Our polar bear conservation activities include:

  • Species Management
    • Working cooperatively with Alaska Native partners and the North Slope Borough for co-management of polar bears in Alaska.
    • Implementing the terms of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Agreement for the Conservation of Polar Bears.
    • Providing technical assistance to the participants of the Inuvialuit-Inupiat Polar Bear Management Agreement in the Southern Beaufort Sea
  • Harvest Monitoring
    • Monitoring harvest of polar bears for subsistence use by Alaska Natives.
  • Research and Monitoring
    • Monitoring polar bear population distribution, abundance, status, and trends in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey’s polar bear research program and other partners.
    • Observing feeding ecology of polar bears concentrated near bowhead whale carcasses along the Beaufort Sea coastline.
  • Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts
    • Monitoring the effects of incidental (unintentional) take of polar bears from oil and gas operations in the Beaufort Sea region.
    • Conducting polar bear deterrence trainings with our partners.
    • Participating in and providing guidance to partners during oil spill and emergency responses.

The most recent Polar Bear Program Annual Report summarizes our polar bear conservation activities during 2017.



Last updated: March 2018