Alaska Threatens To Sue Over Polar Bear Restrictions

Law360, New York (December 22, 2010, 7:17 PM EST) -- Alaskan officials have threatened to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its designation of more than 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for polar bears, claiming the federal agency violated the Endangered Species Act by including areas nonessential to the conservation of the species.

The state notified Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday that it would sue the FWS if he did not withdraw the designation or correct the alleged ESA violations within 60 days, according to a statement by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell....
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