U.S. Govt. Authorizes 'Incidental' Polar Bear Take

Law360, New York (June 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has authorized the “nonlethal, incidental and unintentional” take of Pacific walruses and polar bears during oil and gas exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

The rule, published Wednesday in the Federal Register, came less than a month after the polar bear was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and is effective for five years.

“We find that the total expected takings of Pacific walruses and polar bears during industry exploration activities will impact small numbers of animals,...
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