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On December 27, 2006, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would propose that the polar bear — Bowdoin's mascot and an animal closely linked to generations of Bowdoin students — be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
During 2007, the Service will gather additional information and conduct an investigation into the plight of the polar bear, which many scientists believe are threatened by receding sea ice where the animals typically hunt for prey. As part of its investigation and analysis, the Service has invited public comment on the proposal to list the polar bear as a threatened species, and will accept comment through April 9, 2007.
This Web page has been created to inform members of the Bowdoin community about this endangered species process, to raise awareness about the plight of the polar bear, and to provide easy access to the following additional information available on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Web site:
The polar bear first became the College mascot in 1913. As noted in the January 21, 1913 edition of The Bowdoin Orient (Bowdoin's student newspaper), the polar bear was selected as Bowdoin's official mascot in recognition of the exploration of the polar region by Bowdoin alumni Thomas H. Hubbard of the Class of 1857, Robert E. Peary of the Class of 1877, and Donald B. MacMillan of the Class of 1898.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has solicited comments from the public on its proposal to to list the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
The Service will consider all comments received by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) Alaska Local Time (9:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on April 9, 2007.
If you wish to comment, you may submit your comments and materials by any one of several methods: