Group to sue to force polar bear recovery plan

May 15, 2013 -- 11:10am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An environmental group says it will sue the Obama administration for failing to develop a polar bear recovery plan. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has not conducted a five-year review of threats to polar bears as required by the Endangered Species Act. The group Wednesday sent a required 60-day notice of intent to sue to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel and USFWS Director Dan Ashe. Siegel wrote the original petition that led to the Interior Department listing polar bears as threatened five years ago. The agency concluded that polar bears were threatened because of anticipated loss of their main habitat, sea ice, due to climate warming. Messages left with a USFWS spokeswoman in Anchorage were not immediately returned.

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