The BLM’s parent agency, the Department of Interior, now has 30 days to issue a decision.
The last fatal mauling in Alaska was more than three decades ago.
According to initial accounts, a polar bear came to the village and chased several residents, troopers said.
Leavitt was a whaling captain and a cultural beacon for his people, fluent in Inupiaq and known for his ability to make skin whaling boats without a blueprint.
The company’s Yup’ik translations turned out to be a mish-mash of phrases lifted from an 80-year-old book of Russian language and folklore.
The translated documents were supposed to offer information on how to apply for financial assistance.
Warming soils beneath Utqiagvik are triggering erosion that threatens homes, infrastructure and cultural resources.
The herd’s population drop fits a pattern across the Arctic, and there are signs that warmer temperatures are driving some changes.
The glacier is 30 miles from the coast and 10 miles northwest of the Brooks Range.
NOAA’s latest report card has something new: a chapter on the consequences of climate change for people who live in the Arctic.