Only four Alaskan polar bear females had USGS satellite collars left transmitting locations in the Beaufort Sea and all four of these bears were on the ice during July, 2016. The same was true in June and May.
There looks like a lot of open water for this time of year but in terms of absolute extent there is somewhat less ice than there was in 2007 and only slightly less than 2012, according to NSIDC Masie charts. And of course, what we know is that polar bears of the Chukchi Sea and the Southern Beaufort not only survived the low ice summers of 2007 and 2012, they thrived: CS bears were in great condition and reproducing well, and BS bears were recovering from the devastating thick ice conditions of the 2004-2006. Have a look at the maps below.
First, get yourself oriented (note that Wrangel Island is just above the ‘Chukchi’ label):
Here is the NSIDC Masie ice map for 5 Aug. 2016 – less ice than 2007 in the Beaufort this year but more of it is near shore:
And the same date back in 2007 – somewhat more ice in the Beaufort in 2007 but much less in the Chukchi than 2016, with no ice at all around Wrangel Island or near the Alaskan coast (and yet, both CS and BS polar bears did just fine, see this post on CS bears):
And what about 5 Aug. 2012 (remember, the lowest summer ice extent since 1979 happened in 2012)? Slightly more ice in the Beaufort in 2012 than this year and more in the Chukchi Sea in early August: