Polar Bear Recovery Plan

Some Polar bears in the Arctic can swim in excess of 200 miles. (Photo by Mike Lockhart/USGS)
Some Polar bears in the Arctic can swim in excess of 200 miles. (Photo by Mike Lockhart/USGS)

New reports are painting a grim picture for the future of polar bears. Studies looking at climate change impacts clarify that without ice, polar bears will have difficulty surviving. Polar bears in Alaska are particularly vulnerable and at risk of disappearing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have just released a polar bear conservation management plan that identifies arctic warming as the largest threat to the bear’s survival.

Listen now:

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Todd Atwood, research wildlife biologist, USGS lead on Polar Bear Recovery Team
  • Jenifer Kohout, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional program manager and co-chair of the Polar Bear Recovery Team
  • Eric Regehr, wildlife biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Margaret Williams, director, World Wildlife Fund’s arctic program
  • Callers statewide


  • Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).
  • Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)
  • Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcast

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mailRSS or podcast.


Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at ltownsend@alaskapublic.org or call 907-350-2058.

Previous articleFederal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law
Next articleFormer City Mayor Rick Mystrom & 50 Years of Experience Living With Type 1 Diabetes