New Bill Would Strip Polar Bears' Protected Status

Law360, New York (January 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EST) -- Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has introduced a bill that would remove polar bears' protected status as a threatened species, the latest salvo in the battle between protecting polar bear populations and expanding oil and gas exploration in their habitats.

H.R. 39, the Polar Bear Delisting Act — introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday — would delist the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The bear was placed on the list in 2008 over concerns that shrinking...
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