FWS Lists Polar Bears as Threatened Under the ESA
On March 15, 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the polar bear (Ursus maritmus) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In the same Federal Register, FWS published notice of an interim final rule
"under authority of section 4(d) of the ESA that provides measures that
are necessary and advisable for the conservation of the polar bear.... The
special rule would adopt existing conservation regulatory requirements
under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA), and
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the appropriate regulatory provisions for
this threatened species. If an activity is not authorized or exempted
under the MMPA or CITES and would result in an act that would be
otherwise prohibited under the general prohibitions for threatened
species (50 CFR 17.31), then the Sec. 17.31 prohibitions apply and we
would require authorization under 50 CFR 17.32 of our regulations."
This interim final rule is effective on May 15, 2008, but FWS will accept comments on the rule until July 14, 2008.
Click here to read polar bear listing
Click here to read interim final rule
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