Judge Upholds FWS 'Threatened' Polar Bear Designation

Law360, New York (June 30, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Washington on Thursday backed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's designation of the polar bear as a threatened species, striking a blow to the state of Alaska, environmental groups and others involved in multidistrict litigation.

The FWS encountered legal challenges on all sides after it classified the polar bear as a threatened species in May 2008, marking the first addition to the Endangered Species List based solely on global warming threats.

Environmental groups like the Center for Biological Diversity, National Resources Defense...
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