Polar Bears Stay At Threatened StatusU.S. Wildlife Service, Bear Hunting Magazine
The Obama administration reaffirmed this last week its decision to designate polar bears as a "threatened," not "endangered," species. The administration was under a court-imposed deadline to decide whether it would upgrade the bears' status to "endangered."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told a U.S. District Court judge that the threatened designation will not change because polar bears were not considered to be in danger of extinction at the time of the listing in 2008.
The U.S. Wildlife Service explained how its biologists had concluded in 2008 that the polar bear was not facing sudden and catastrophic threats and was still a widespread species that had not been restricted to a critically small range or critically low numbers.