Laptev Sea (LP)

Population size and status are unknown.

Status table outtake

Size Sea ice metrics Human-caused removals 2010–2014
Estimate /
95% CI
Year Method Change in spring ice retreat / Change in fall ice advance (days per decade) Change in summer sea ice area (percent change per decade) 5-yr mean Last year
Potential Actual Potential Actual
Unknown  -8.2/6.5-14.7 NA NA
See also the complete table (all subpopulations)

Comments, vulnerabilities and concerns

There has been no legal hunting in the Kara Sea area since 1957.  Amount of poaching unknown.

Status and delineation

Laptev Sea subpopulation mapThe Laptev Sea area. See also the complete map (all subpopulations).

The Laptev Sea subpopulation area includes the western half of the East Siberian Sea and most of the Laptev Sea, including the Novosibirsk and possibly Severnaya Zemlya islands (Belikov et al. 1998). The 1993 estimate of subpopulation size for LP (800 – 1,200) is based on aerial counts of dens on the Severnaya Zemlya in 1982 (Belikov and Randla 1987) and on anecdotal data collected in 1960–80s on the number of females coming to dens on Novosibirsk Islands and on the mainland coast (Kischinski 1969, Uspenski 1989). At present these estimates are not actual, and population size is unknown.


Belikov, S.E., Garner, G.W., Wiig, O., Boltunov, A.N., and Gorbunov, Yu.A. 1998. Polar bears of the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago of the Russian Arctic. Ursus 10: 33-40.

Belikov, S. E. and Randla, T. E. 1987. Fauna of birds and mammals of Severnaya Zemlya In Syroyechkovskiy, E.E., (ed.). Fauna and Ecology of Birds and Mammals in Middle Siberia. Nauka, Moscow, USSR. (In Russian).

Kischinski, A. A. 1969. The polar bear on the Novosibirsk Islands. In Bannikov, A. G. Kischinski A. A. and Uspenski, S. M. (eds.). The polar bear and its conservation in the Soviet Arctic. Hydrometerological Publishing House, Leningrand, USSR. (In Russian with English summary).

Uspenski, S. M. 1989. The polar bear. Agropromizdat, Moscow, USSR. (In Russian).