Committee recommends expanded polar bear conservation

The Northwest Territories Species at Risk Committee is reassessing polar bears’ status based on a variety of threats, including climate change. Credit: Martin Lopatka

The Northwest Territories Species at Risk Committee in Canada is recommending measures to enhance polar bear monitoring and conservation. The committee says it is reassessing the bears’ status based on a variety of threats, including climate change and changes to their habitats. It is recommending more community based monitoring, continued research on the effects of climate change, new shipping protocols and a review of Canada’s offshore oil and gas drilling moratorium. Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are listed as a species of concern under the NWT’s Species at Risk Act.

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