Judge Rules Feds Wrongly Protected Bearded Seals

July 26, 2014 12:05 AM

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A federal judge on Friday ruled that a federal fisheries agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

In sending the decision back to the agency, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline in Fairbanks said the December 2012 decision to list the seals because of a loss of sea ice was improper and "an abuse of discretion."

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