Wildlife advocates say science ignored in decision not to list species
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”→
Melting sea ice likely a factor in population decline
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”→
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.