The Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and is federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has become the most important nursery ground for these polar bears, with the highest densities of suitable denning habitat in the United States. About one-third of all breeding females in the Southern Beaufort Sea subpopulation give birth and raise newborn cubs under the protection provided by the Coastal Plain.
Despite the vulnerable status of these polar bears, the Administration continues to move forward with its plans for oil and gas exploration and drilling in the Coastal Plain of the Refuge. The impacts from seismic testing, drilling, and the accompanying infrastructure development would cause irreversible harm to these maternity dens.
Ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Polar Bear Cub Survival Act (H.R. 7876), which would safeguard the Beaufort Sea polar bear's denning habitat. We encourage you to personalize your message below, and let your representative know why this issue is important to you.
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