Written by Jen Finn
November 20, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned the federal government for endangered species protection for harbor seals that live in Iliamna Lake about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Pebble Mine poses a threat to the only known U.S. freshwater population of harbor seal, said spokeswoman Kiersten Lippman.
"They often don't do well with human disturbance, in many cases, especially if they're not used to it," said Lippman, a biologist for the group in Anchorage.
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