Native Groups Suing Over Polar Bear Habitat Designation

Associated Press

Several Alaska Native groups are suing the federal government over the designation of habitat for threatened polar bears.

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the North Slope Borough,  and others filed the lawsuit  Friday against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The plaintiffs say the designation “will not address the primary threat to polar bears, the loss of sea ice due to climate change.”

The federal government has designated more 187,000 square miles as polar bear habitat.

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