Fed. lawsuit filed in Alaska after US fails to list walruses as threatened

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An environmental organization seeking additional protections for Pacific walruses is suing the Trump administration for failing to list the marine mammals as a threatened species.

Emily Jeffers, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, calls that a deathblow for walruses off Alaska shores.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 said walruses deserved to be declared a threatened species because climate change has diminished much of their primary habitat - sea ice.

But the agency announced in October that it had reversed its conclusion.

The agency routinely does not comment on pending litigation and an email request for comment was not immediately returned.

Proponents of offshore drilling oppose the listing because it could add to regulatory requirements.