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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus) in Canada

COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report
on the
Polar Bear
Ursus Maritimus
in Canada

Polar  Bear (ursus maritimus)

Special concern - 2008

COSEWIC
Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada



COSEPAC
Comité sur la situation des espèces en péril au Canada

COSEWIC status reports are working documents used in assigning the status of wildlife species suspected of being at risk. This report may be cited as follows:

COSEWIC. 2008. COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the polar bear Ursus maritimus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Ottawa. vii + 75 pp.

Previous reports

COSEWIC. 2002. COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the polar bear Ursus maritimus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Ottawa. vi + 29 pp.

Stirling, I., and M.K. Taylor. 1999. Update COSEWIC status report on the polar bear Ursus maritimus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Ottawa. 27 pp.

Stirling, I. 1991. Update COSEWIC status report on the polar bear Ursus maritimus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Ottawa. 24 pp.

Stirling, I. 1986. COSEWIC status report on the polar bearUrsus maritimus in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Ottawa. 20 pp.

Production note

COSEWIC would like to acknowledge Philip D. McLoughlin, Mitch Taylor, and Martha Dowsley for writing the update status report on thepolar bear Ursus maritimus in Canada, prepared under contract with Environment Canada, overseen and edited by Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet, Co-chair COSEWIC Terrestrial Mammals Specialist Subcommittee.

For additional copies contact:

COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3

Tel.: 819-953-3215
Fax: 819-994-3684
COSEWIC E-mail
COSEWIC Website

Également disponible en français sous le titre Évaluation et Rapport de situation du COSEPAC sur l’ours blanc (Ursus maritimus) au Canada – Mise à jour.

Cover illustration

Polar bear --Photo by François Messier, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2008.
Catalogue No. CW69-14/351-2008E-PDF
ISBN 978-0-662-48897-2

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