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House concurs with accord on polar bears

Updated: July 18, 2006, 6:23 PM ET
By Jim Abrams | Associated Press — July 18, 2006

WASHINGTON — The House gave its approval Monday to a U.S.-Russia treaty to help protect polar bears from overhunting and other threats to their survival.

The House bill puts into effect a 2000 treaty that sets quotas on polar bear hunting by native populations in the two countries and establishes a bilateral commission to analyze how best to sustain the polar bear habitat. It passed by voice vote.

The Polar Bear Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union estimates the ...

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