The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Trump Administration for not granting an Endangered Species Act listing for the Pacific walrus. The environmental advocacy group filed the lawsuit on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in U.S. District Court.
In October 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decided the Pacific walrus didn’t warrant additional federal protections. The agency said the population appeared “stable” and had “demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing conditions.”
But some conservation groups say the decision was politically motivated and not based on the best available science.
In 2008, polar bears were granted an Endangered Species Act listing under President George W. Bush. But the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says the two animals aren’t the same.
Polar bears face a host of challenges with declining sea ice — more than what’s been observed of walrus.
- Cold, gray winter may be settling on Juneau, but kids at Riverbend and Glacier Valley elementary schools are still talking about the rainbow of fruits and vegetables they helped grow this summer.
- Hilcorp Energy Company began exploring for natural gas and oil this fall in an Anchor Point neighborhood where many own their mineral rights. Some residents near the drill site have struggled to get information from the company.
- Watch the 2018 Alaska Folk Festival guest artist perform a song from their Canadian Folk Music Award-winning album, "Sweet Old Religion."
- Gov. Mike Dunleavy hosted an open house at the governor’s mansion Tuesday. The event was an opportunity for Juneauites to meet the governor and first lady in their home, as well as sample a few cookies.