Alaska Fights Cook Inlet Belugas' Endangered Status

Law360, New York (June 4, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT) -- The state of Alaska slapped the National Marine Fisheries Service with a lawsuit on Friday challenging the listing of Cook Inlet beluga whales as an endangered species, accusing the federal government of failing to consider the state's own conservation efforts for the whales.

Alaska filed its suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the NMFS, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco.

Alaska's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy includes research, monitoring and conservation practices...
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