Kempthorne says polar bear threatened, not endangered

06/02/2008
The polar bear will be listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), announced US Interior Secretary Dirk A. Kempthorne on May 14.He said his decision follows US Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale A. Hall’s recommendation and is based on the best available science, which shows that loss of sea ice, and not oil and gas development or native populations’ subsistence activities, threatens and likely will continue to threaten polar bear habitat.“Because polar bears are vulnerable to this loss of habitat, they are, in my judgment, likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future—in this case, 45 years,” the secretary said ...
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