AAA  Oct. 12, 2017 2:19 PM ET
Group files notice it will sue over walrus protection
By DAN JOLING, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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EMBARGO 9 am EDT WED., OCT. 4, 2017 & CHECK CAPTION WITH STORY FILE - In this April 18, 2004, file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific walrus cows and yearlings rest on ice in Alaska. The Trump administration will not add Pacific walrus to the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, that it can't say with certainty that walrus are likely to become endangered despite an extensive loss of Arctic sea ice due to global warming. (Joel Garlich-Miller/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

(AP) — A national environmental organization has filed notice that it will sue the federal government over its rejection of Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity gave the required 60-day day notice on Thursday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 said walruses deserve the additional protection of being declared threatened because climate change has diminished much of their primary habitat, sea ice.

The agency delayed a listing because other species were a higher priority.

But it announced last week that it had concluded walruses have adapted to the lack of sea ice by foraging from coastlines.

Center for Biological Diversity attorney Kristen Monsell says there's no question walruses are endangered and denying them protection is absurd and dangerous.

Associated Press
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