Agency to consider Alaska lake seals as threatened

May 16, 2013 -- 11:00am

 

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A federal agency says it will consider a petition seeking to list a population of harbor seals living in a freshwater Alaska lake as a threatened or endangered species. The National Marine Fisheries Service says it has accepted a Center for Biological Diversity petition to list seals that live in Iliamna Lake 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The agency has a Nov. 19 deadline to perform a status review of the seals, estimated to number estimated 250 to 350 adults, and can propose a listing or reject it. A listing would present a potential environmental hurdle to the Pebble Mine. The proposed open-pit copper and gold mine would require a 140-mile road to Cook Inlet. About 50 miles would pass along the lake shore, where seals hunt for salmon.

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