Polar bear deserves protections of Endangered Species Act, says court

Printer-friendly version
WASHINGTON (06/30/2011) -

A federal judge today upheld the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision that the polar bear be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and continue to receive the protections afforded by the law. The following is a statement from Jason Rylander, senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife:

“With significantly diminished sea-ice habitat and food supply, the life of a polar bear has never been more perilous. The challenge to survive only promises to worsen as climate change transforms the Arctic landscape at an accelerated rate. The court’s decision confirms that polar bears need protection in a warming world.”

###
Links:

Climate change is melting polar bear habitat at an alarming rate, but there are still things we can do to save this Arctic icon. By taking immediate steps protect polar bears, we can keep them from disappearing from U.S. shores. Read more about what we can do to protect this Arctic icon.

Contact(s):

Caitlin Leutwiler, (202) 772-3226; cleutwiler@defenders.org

You may also be interested in:

Newsroom
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
Where We Work
From the Keys and Everglades to the Panhandle’s white sand beaches, Florida is home to some of the country’s most special places and wildlife, but also some of the most imperiled. Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to keeping the Sunshine State a wild and enchanting place.
Fact Sheet
Adult beluga whales are easily distinguished by their pure white skin, their small size and their lack of dorsal fin. The beluga has a broad and rounded head and a large forehead.