Polar bears do not live at or near the South Pole. In fact, polar bears actually live near the Arctic Circle, or North Pole, where they hunt seals through the openings in the frozen water.
Scientists have identified 19 populations of polar bears living in four different ice regions in the Arctic. They can also be found roaming wild in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Russia and Norway. Polar bears spend much of their time at sea. Their bodies have adapted to the cold Arctic temperatures and they are easily able to move across the snow, ice and water within the region.