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Feds reject refuge road pitched to aid patients

...settlement.The decision against the road was made during an environmental review of the land exchange, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Bruce Woods said."Congress charged the service with evaluating the environmental impacts of the land...
Orphaned polar bear cub getting care in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - An orphaned polar cub is making its temporary home at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Bruce Woods says the bear's mother was killed March 12 near Point Lay on Alaska's northwest coast...
Senate panel slated to take up budget amendments

...federal act. Supporters see the otters as a growing threat to shellfish beds in the region, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman has said the bills would be unenforceable under the federal law.___Online:HB65: http://bit...
Protection axed for Northern Goshawk

SAN FRANCISCO - Thwarting environmentalists, a federal appeals court here Monday upheld a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision that the Northern Goshawk doesn't need federal protection throughout the West. The 3-0 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel came after 13 years of litigation, in which environmentalists wanted the government to list the large raptor, usually found in the western United States, as endangered or threatened. The Queen Charlotte Goshawk, a subspecies found in Southeast Alaska, has been the subject of a separate petition to declare it endangered.
Deadline nears for decision on walrus listing

...NOAA also proposed listing two populations of bearded seals, which give birth on drifting pack ice. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Bruce Woods said a decision on walrus is expected near the Jan. 31 deadline.
Group wants polar bears listed

...petitions, has kept the agency from meeting its deadline, which is 90 days "or as practicable," said Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Chris Tollefson. "Basically, we have more to do that we have resources or people to do it." The 12-month...
Polar bear patrols vital as Arctic ice recedes

ANCHORAGE - For $16 an hour, Morgan VanHatten patrolled the streets of Kaktovik in a Ford pickup last fall armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and an iPhone full of Lil Wayne. Her mission: Shoo away the many polar bears that creep into town at the brink of whaling season.
Dutch Harbor eagles swoop on people close to nests

...was listed as an endangered species in the lower 48, it was never listed in Alaska," said Bell, the Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman. It was unclear Wednesday how many of those eagles can be found in Unalaska, but residents say the town...
Walrus gather on Alaska's northwest shore; aerial survey spots 2 groups totaling 8,000 animals

...hunters or an airplane. "Walrus are sensitive to human activity and to machine activity," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Bruce Woods. The agency has already issued alerts to pilots and coastal communities asking that airplanes...
Judge tosses polar bear habitat designation

JUNEAU - A federal judge in Alaska has thrown out a plan designating more than 187,000 square miles as habitat for threatened polar bears. U.S.


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