Alaska appeals ruling protecting polar bears
In June of 2011, the government's decision to protect the bear was upheld, having been found that it was rational given the facts and best available science.
The Alaska Attorney General John Burns also pointed out the government's 2008 decision was based on "uncertain predictions of future threats" of habitat loss and not on observed threats or declining bear numbers. 
The polar bear is the first animal to be designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of global warming.
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