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Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

Polar bears are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). USFWS also has co-management agreements with the Alaska Nanuuq Commission and the North Slope Borough. The Chukchi Sea population is managed through a bilateral agreement with Russia. Alaska Natives have also signed an agreement with the indigenous people of Canada regarding the management of the Southern Beaufort Sea population.