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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Aug. 22, 2016, 5:03 p.m.
Polar bear with her cubs

Photo: U.S. Geological Survey/flickr

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Polar bears

This one shouldn't surprise you. The polar bear has become the poster animal for the devastating changes global warming is bringing to the Arctic. Polar bears are dying because their range is shrinking; the sea ice they use to hunt seals is melting as temperatures rise. With a recognized 19 subpopulations in decline, IUCN estimates that there are 20,000-26,000 polar bears worldwide.