Polar Bears

A federal court in Alaska refused to block ConocoPhillips from constructing roads and a gravel mine in the National Petroleum Reserve. Environmental groups claimed the construction would harm a critical polar bear habitat, but the Fish and Wildlife Service determined there was only a “minimal possibility” polar bears would be harmed over the 30-year project.

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California Condor

In a dispute arising from the development of luxury resort community Tejon Mountain Ranch, a federal court in California ruled against conservationists challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s finding that the California condor is not a “traditional cultural property” under federal law and could be incidentally taken during the building of the development.

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