What was the polar bear population in 1980?
There were an estimate of Perhaps 20,000 polar bears in 1980. The number is estimated to be like 20,000 - 25,000 now but some claim as high as 50,000. The arctic areas are rather remote so estimates can be off. It is clear that polar bears are increasing in some areas this leads many ant-global warming people to say the bears aren't in danger. This isn't really true as the reason the bears have increased, in some areas only, is because of conservation efforts. However, if the ice loss projections prove true and so far they have, it is feared 2/3 of the bears will be gone by 2050!