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Why Polar Bears Matter

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Polar bears are important to Indigenous peoples and are an essential part of the fight against climate change. Learn more.

Polar bears matter. Not simply because this iconic species plays a vital role in maintaining Arctic ecosystems, but so too because of the roles they play in human life.

Polar bears are the largest land carnivore and considered one of the world’s most apex predator. Because of this, polar bears are essential in maintaining Arctic and marine ecosystems, keeping biological populations in balance. Without polar bears controlling seal populations, marine life would become impacted, threatening crustacean and fish populations, which are vital sources of food for local human populations.

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