Feds Examining Additional Protection for Seals

A federal agency must decide within three weeks whether a seal dependent on Arctic Sea ice should have additional protections. A federal judge has approved a settlement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Center for Biological Diversity, which had sued to force a decision. The settlement requires the agency to decide by Oct. 15 whether spotted seals merit listing under the Endangered Species Act.

The Associated Press

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