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187,000 acres designated for polar bears

The Obama administration wants to set aside more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska for polar bears habitat.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
The Obama administration wants to set aside more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska for polar bears habitat. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

ENDANGERED SPECIES — The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a “critical habitat” for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

The total, which includes large areas of sea ice off the Alaska coast, is about 13,000 square miles, or 8.3 million acres, less than an amount planned in a preliminary plan released last year.

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