Feds face another lawsuit over polar bear designation

05/15/2011 | News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The

Native groups in Alaska are challenging the federal government's allocation of more than 187,000 square miles of critical habitat for polar bears in the North Slope. The state could potentially lose billions in oil field development royalties and tax revenues from the move, the plaintiffs said. "The only thing this designation accomplishes is to create another threatened species -- the people who live here," said North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta.

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