Most Endangered Bears Ranked

Most Endangered Bear Species List Released
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7. Brown Bear

The brown bear, the most widely distributed bear species in the world, was named a species of "least concern" in an IUCN report released November 12, 2007—meaning the bears are not threatened with extinction.

The grizzly, a subspecies of the brown bear, has successfully rebounded in parts of the United States, thanks to U.S. Endangered Species Act protection, IUCN says.

However, human settlements near brown bear habitats are increasingly becoming "mortality sinks" where the animals are poached or inadvertently killed, the report adds.

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