Tag: Pacific Walrus

Wildlife advocates will sue to protect Pacific walrus

PHOTO U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY: Melting Arctic sea ice is forcing walrus colonies into a shore-bound existence to which they aren’t adapted. Scientists say they’ve documented several cases of young calves being trampled in stampedes.

Wildlife advocates say science ignored in decision not to list species

Staff Report

The Trump administration’s reckless and irresponsible natural resource polices will once again be tested in court, as conservation advocates challenge the government’s denial of endangered species protection for the Pacific walrus.

The Center for Biological Diversity announced it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service, pointing out that the agency apparently ignored the best available climate science, which would violate the Endangered Species Act. Under the Obama administration, the agency found that the Pacific walrus warrants protection because of a dramatic loss of sea ice habitat. Continue reading “Wildlife advocates will sue to protect Pacific walrus”

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Study tracks big drop in Pacific walrus numbers

PHOTO: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Melting Arctic sea ice is forcing walrus colonies into a shore-bound existence to which they aren't adapted. Scientists say they've documented several cases of young calves being trampled in stampedes.
 Melting Arctic sea ice is forcing walrus colonies into a shore-bound existence to which they aren’t adapted. Photo courtesy USGS.

Melting sea ice likely a factor in population decline

Staff Report

FRISCO — With a 2017 endangered species listing deadline looming, federal researchers are trying to pinpoint Pacific walrus population numbers. In the newest study, the U.S. Geological Survey said the population dropped by about half between 1981 and 1999, but scientists aren’t sure if the numbers have stabilized since then.

in 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledged that the species was under pressure from sea ice loss and over-harvesting, but didn’t formally add the Pacific walrus to the endangered species list. A federal court said the agency must make a final determination by 2017. Continue reading “Study tracks big drop in Pacific walrus numbers”

Federal study on Chukchi Sea oil leases still full of gaps

Feds move ahead with oil leasing plan in Chukchi Sea.

BOEMRE still not including critical wildlife information

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For the second time, federal officials have brushed aside serious environmental concerns to move ahead with s plan for offshore oil drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea, north of the Bering Strait.

A supplemental environmental analysis released this week does very little to close an information gap identified by a federal court last year, when a judge ruled that federal regulators violated environmental laws — and it’s own regulations — by leaving critical information out of a draft version of the study.

The Bureau of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement previoulsy admitted that it hasn’t adequately located important feeding areas for endangered bowhead whales—a species central to the subsistence culture of indigenous Alaska Native communities on the Chukchi Sea coast and highly sensitive to industrial disturbance. The agency also admitted that it did not know enough to determine whether oil and gas activities would have a significant effect on marine mammals in the region. Continue reading “Federal study on Chukchi Sea oil leases still full of gaps”