The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a fight
over the federal government’s designation of a vast area in
Alaska a critical habitat for polar bears, turning aside a
challenge by the state, its native peoples and the oil and gas
Alaska, the Alaska Federation of Natives and the Alaska Oil
and Gas Association had asked the justices to overturn a
February 2016 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
That decision upheld the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s
designation of 187,000 square miles of sea ice, barrier islands
and coastal land as critical habitat for polar bears.
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