4/15/2011 1:19:37 PM

Russia Bans Polar Bear Hunt This Year

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has banned the hunting of polar bears this year by indigenous people. A longtime defender of large endangered animals, Putin took part in field work with polar bears in 2010.

A Russian-U.S. commission last year agreed to restrict polar bear hunting to 29 animals per year for each country. But The Polar Bear program, established under Putin's patronage, said this week that Russia had waived its quota for bear hunting.

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