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State Sues Over Beluga Endangered Listing

Dan Joling / AP / Anchorage Daily News / June 4, 2010

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The state of Alaska sued the federal government today to overturn the listing of beluga whales in Cook Inlet as an endangered species.

The lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C., claims the federal government overreached and did not follow its own laws two years ago when it placed the white whales on the endangered species list.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in October 2008 announced the listing for Cook Inlet belugas, one of five populations off the shores of Alaska. NOAA fisheries officials said at the time that Cook Inlet belugas were not recovering despite protections already in place.

The population declined by 50 percent between 1994 and 1998. State officials say the population has stabilized and is showing signs of recovering.

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