Polar Bears' Threatened Status Not Justified, Alaska Claims

Law360, Washington (October 19, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT) -- Alaska and several hunter and wildlife conservation groups urged a D.C. Circuit panel on Friday to repeal polar bears' threatened species status, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service relied on faulty population models and scientific data to issue the status change.

The appellants challenged the “climate change” and “biological basis” models used by the agency for the decision, claiming the data they rendered wasn't substantiated and couldn't justify the 2008 threatened species categorization.

“The service improperly made the determination based only on a trend of...
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