Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the polar bear will be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The loss of sea ice threatens polar bear habitat, putting the animal at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future. Born Free USA united with API welcomes this necessary step to protecting polar bears, but has reservations that an interpretation of the ESA will, as Secretary Kempthorne says, "ensure the protection of the bear while allowing us to continue to develop our natural resources in the arctic region in an environmentally sound way."
Secretary Kempthorne Announces Endangered Species Act Protection for Polar Bear
U.S. Department of the Interior