Facts and figures on the 15,500 polar bears in Cda, world's largest population - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Cloudy
2.8°C

Facts and figures on the 15,500 polar bears in Cda, world's largest population

Aurora the polar bear walks in her enclosure at the Toronto Zoo on February 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
December 12, 2013 - 2:48 PM

OTTAWA - Facts and figures on Canada's polar bears:

— Canada has about 15,500 of the world's estimated 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears.

— In 2012, 740 polar bears were killed in Canada. The annual average over the previous five years was 663 bears killed.

— Around 70 per cent of the legal polar bear harvest globally occurs in Canada.

— In 2009, 87 per cent of all commercially-exported polar bear skins came from Canada.

— Prices for polar bear hides have quadrupled since 2007 to as much as $22,000 per bear skin.

— Canada is the only country in the world that permits trophy hunting for polar bears by allowing Inuit hunters with tags to sell those tags to non-aboriginal sport shooters on Inuit-guided hunts.

Source: Center for Biological Diversity

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
The Canadian Press

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile