FWS Urges High Court To Uphold Polar Bear Habitat Ruling

By Andrew Westney (March 31, 2017, 6:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to upend a Ninth Circuit decision backing the agency's critical habitat designation for the polar bear, saying that the agency properly applied federal standards in designating a massive land area for the endangered animal.

Alaska, oil and gas groups, regional organizations and Alaska Native groups petitioned the high court in November, arguing that the circuit court ruling allowed the FWS to haphazardly protect a California-size area in the Arctic without regard for whether polar bears actually live in much of that area.

The FWS said in a March...

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