Polar Bear Trophy Imports, 1997-2008
In 1994, amendments to the U.S.
Marine Mammal Protection Act
allowed American sport-hunters to import trophies of polar bears they had killed in Canada.
More than 900 import permits were issued between 1997 and 2008, when the
of the polar bear as "threatened" under the U.S.
Endangered Species Act
ended the program.
This map shows who applied for import permits and where their trophies came from. It is based on information publicly available in the U.S.
Polars bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea, 2006. Source:
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