30 June 2011 BREAKING: Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protections for Polar Bears Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 3 comments | Share: Good news for polar bears! A federal judge today upheld the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision that the polar bear be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and continue to receive the protections afforded by the law. The designation had been in dispute ever since the Fish and Wildlife Service first listed the polar bear in 2008. Jason Rylander, senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, said, “With significantly diminished sea-ice habitat and food supply, the life of a polar bear has never been more perilous. The challenge to survive only promises to worsen as climate change transforms the Arctic landscape at an accelerated rate. The court’s decision confirms that polar bears need protection in a warming world.” Learn more: Climate change is melting polar bear habitat at an alarming rate, but there are still things we can do to save this Arctic icon. By taking immediate steps protect polar bears, we can keep them from disappearing from U.S. shores. Read more about what we can do to protect this Arctic icon. 3 Responses to “BREAKING: Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protections for Polar Bears” Sally Cadonau June 30th, 2011 Kudos to the federal judge who made a stand for what is right! We can’t keep treating other living beings the way we do without having severe consequences. Thank you for the good news!! Marlena July 15th, 2011 Thank heaven for the existence of this precious to wildlife federal judge who listed polar bears under ESA and giving a chance for this arctic icon to survive for the enjoyment of our children as well as our children’s children! Blessed you be dear federal judge! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?