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Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protection for Polar Bears
Author: teddygirl | Saturday August 06, 2011
Article from Defenders of Wildlife.
The following is from Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that protects all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.
Good news for polar bears!
A federal judge today upheld the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision that the polar bear be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and continue to receive the protections afforded by the law. The designation had been in dispute ever since the Fish and Wildlife Service first listed the polar bear in 2008.
Jason Rylander, senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, said, “With significantly diminished sea-ice habitat and food supply, the life of a polar bear has never been more perilous. The challenge to survive only promises to worsen as climate change transforms the Arctic landscape at an accelerated rate. The court’s decision confirms that polar bears need protection in a warming world.”
Climate change is melting polar bear habitat at an alarming rate, but there are still things we can do to save this Arctic icon. By taking immediate steps protect polar bears, we can keep them from disappearing from U.S. shores.
For more information, visit Defenders of Wildlifes website.