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Alaska to sue over beluga whale protection

Alaska to sue over beluga whale protection

The state of Alaska says it will go to court to challenge the federal decision to protect beluga whales in Cook Inlet under the Endangered Species Act.
The state said Wednesday it wants the federal government to withdraw its decision to list the inlet's population of the small whales as threatened.
Gov. Sarah Palin has said she opposes the listing of the Cook Inlet belugas because of the effect it could have on development. The city of Anchorage is on Cook Inlet.
The population of the white whales in the inlet has been declining for years and is estimated at fewer than 300.
Scientists say if nothing changes the Cook Inlet whales are headed toward extinction.
The government listing does not apply to belugas elsewhere around Alaska and the Arctic.


Updated : 2021-05-15 17:40 GMT+08:00