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Appeals court upholds designation of polar bear habitat

File - In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, Ahpun, a female polar bear, strolls around her cage at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal appeals court says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law when it designated more than 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for threatened polar bears. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a 2013 lower court decision that said the critical habitat designated, an area larger than California, was too extensive and not specific. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law when it designated more than 187,000 square miles — an area larger than California — as critical habitat for threatened polar bears in Alaska marine waters and its northern coast, an appeals court ruled Monday. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a 2013 lower court decision ...

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