Iowa Public Television


State of Alaska Sues Over Polar Bear Listing

posted on August 8, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska is suing the federal government to overturn the listing of polar bears as a threatened species.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Washington, D.C.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin contends the decision is not based on the best scientific and commercial data.

Palin claims the federal analysis did not adequately consider polar bear survival through earlier warming periods.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced the listing on May 14th. He said sea ice habitat has dramatically melted and computer models suggest the trend will continue.

Alaska objects to the conclusion that polar bears could be endangered within the ``foreseeable future.'

Tags: animals bears courts endangered news polar bears