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FWS Proposes Guidelines to Protect Polar Bears
On April 26, 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed guidelines for polar bears under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The proposed guidelines set forth best practices "for safely and nonlethally deterring polar bears from damaging private and public property and endangering the public."

FWS calls the guidelines a "rule", yet they aren't mandatory. No one would be liable for not implementing them. Anyone could implement them without FWS' authorization or supervision.

FWS is proposing the guidelines

    "to reduce occurrences of bear-human interactions with only minor, short-term behavioral effects on polar bears. As discussed in the background section of the Federal register notice this proposed rule, we authorize other, more aggressive deterrence activities through separate provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act."
FWS requests public comment on its proposed guidelines. FWS will consider comments received on or before May 26, 2010.
  • Click here to read FWS' Federal Register notice of proposed polar bear guidelines

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