Mike Lockhart / USFWS
December 22, 2010
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today clarified for the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC the legal basis for its 2008 decision to protect the polar bear as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and confirmed for the Court that the designation was consistent with the Service’s longstanding science-based practices in determining the appropriate listing status for a given species. The “threatened” designation of the polar bear under the ESA does not change as a result of today’s Court filing.