Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Named Endangered Species

Law360, New York (October 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The federal government has added the beluga whale population in Alaska's Cook Inlet to the endangered species list, despite Gov. Sarah Palin's argument that the move is premature.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put the number of beluga whales near Anchorage at about 375 in 2007 and 2008 and estimated that the population shrunk by nearly 50 percent between 1994 and 1998, suggesting that species is in serious danger of going extinct, it said.

“In spite of protections already in place, Cook Inlet beluga...
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