[MARMAM] proposal to list the polar bear as "threatened" under U.S. law

Wetzler, Andrew awetzler at nrdc.org
Thu Mar 1 11:44:51 PST 2007



As many of you know, on January 9, 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service proposed protecting the Polar Bear as a "threatened" species
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The U.S. government is now
seeking peer review and public comment on its proposal through April 9,
2007, prior to making a final determination about protecting the polar
bear under the Act. 


I want to encourage anyone with relevant information on the proposed
listing to submit comments and participate in this important process. In
particular, comments from polar bear specialists, Arctic ecologists, and
climate scientists are essential to ensure that the U.S. government
considers the best available scientific information when making a final
decision about whether to grant polar bears protection. 


Comments may be as brief or as lengthy as you wish, but even a short
letter concerning the petition will be valuable.  NRDC and the Center
for Biological Diversity have prepared a "Question and Answers" fact
sheet for scientists about how to submit comments and what type of
information to include.  A copy is available at:


If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me







Andrew E. Wetzler

Director, Endangered Species Project


544 White Oak Place

Worthington, OH 43085

(614) 84-0-0891


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