OTTAWA - Facts and figures on Canada's polar bears:
— Canada has about 15,500 of the world's estimated 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears.
— In 2012, 740 polar bears were killed in Canada. The annual average over the previous five years was 663 bears killed.
— Around 70 per cent of the legal polar bear harvest globally occurs in Canada.
— In 2009, 87 per cent of all commercially-exported polar bear skins came from Canada.
— Prices for polar bear hides have quadrupled since 2007 to as much as $22,000 per bear skin.
— Canada is the only country in the world that permits trophy hunting for polar bears by allowing Inuit hunters with tags to sell those tags to non-aboriginal sport shooters on Inuit-guided hunts.
Source: Center for Biological Diversity