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Source: National Geographic Kids 

Polar bears are the largest bear known to man. They are now under threat by our changing environment. Polar bears were added to the list of threatened species and will receive special protection under U.S. law. The greatest threat to the bears is the melting of ice in the Arctic.

Polar bears live in the Arctic and hunt seals and other fatty marine mammals from sea ice. They also travel, mate, and sometimes give birth on the ice. But sea ice is melting as the planet warms, and it is predicted to continue to do so for several more decades.

The U.S. classifies the polar bear as a marine mammal, which means that the bear’s new threatened status will not stop people from exploring for oil in its habitat. Importing polar bear products from Canada (where trophy hunting is legal) will be banned.

Saving the polar bear will depend on international cooperation. People need to work together to save the polar bear.