The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to make an initial determination within four months on whether the Pacific walrus merits protections under the Endangered Species Act. A federal judge approved a settlement today between the agency and the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued in December to force a decision. The group is petitioning the agency to list walrus because of lost sea ice habitat due to global warming. The group used the same justification to successfully push for protection of polar bears.
The Associated Press
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