An environmental group has given formal notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species.
A spokeswoman for the Center for Biological Diversity says the group will sue to move walrus off the agency’s “warranted but precluded” list.
The agency announced in February that walrus need additional protection from the threat of climate warming but could not be added to the threatened or endangered list because other species were a higher priority.
Rebecca Noblin of the Center for Biological Diversity in Anchorage says the agency has not demonstrated that a walrus listing is precluded by other listing proposals or that progress is
being made in adding qualified species to the list.
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