— The polar bear, or Ursus maritimus, is a circumpolar species found in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Norway and Russia.
— The bear, the world's largest land carnivore, is listed as a species of special concern by Canada.
— Canada allows a trade in polar bear skins and carcasses, although the bears are not part of any commercial hunt.
— From 2007 to 2011, Canada exported an average of 313 polar bears annually, with 344 exported in 2011.
— Environment Canada says this trade involves about two per cent of Canada's polar bear population, which was estimated at 16,000 bears in 2011.
— Between 1992 and 2011, the largest number of skins or carcasses exported in any single year was 425 in 1997.
— China accounted for about 75 per cent of the polar bear skins exported in 2013, with about 21 per cent going to the European union.
— Canada is the only country that permits a legal commercial trade in polar bears.
(Sources: Environment Canada, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, Polar Bears International, Canadian Museum of Nature)