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Baby Beluga in Palin’s Cross-Hairs

January 21, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Sarah Palin announced recently that she would file suit against the federal government to try to overturn the recent addition of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale to the endangered species list.

In the 1980’s around 1,300 beluga whales lived in Cook Inlet, while today the population has plummeted to around 375. The species is genetically distinct from four other beluga species found in Alaska.

Her opposition to the inclusion on the endangered species list is driven by opposition by the oil industry who sees the inclusion as limiting their flexibility in creating new oil extraction facilities.

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