A walrus swims in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska, 22 July 2017. Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Littlejohn / U.S. Coast Guard

By Doyle Rice
5 October 2017

(USA Today) – From walruses to turtles and woodpeckers to toads, the Trump administration Wednesday declined to list 25 species as endangered, noting that extra protection “is not warranted at this time.”

Of particular concern to environmental groups is the Pacific walrus, which had been considered a candidate for the list due to the dramatic loss of its Arctic sea ice habitat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which determines which species can be classified as endangered, reported that it can't say with certainty that the Pacific walrus is likely to become endangered, despite an extensive loss of Arctic Sea ice due to global warming.

“This is a truly dark day for America’s imperiled wildlife,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “You couldn’t ask for a clearer sign that the Trump administration puts corporate profits ahead of protecting endangered species.” […]

These species "are now one step closer to extinction," Greenwald said. "We’re going to challenge as many of these bogus findings as we can.”

“Denying protection for these 25 species despite the imminent threat of climate change and ongoing habitat destruction is typical of the Trump administration’s head-in-the-sand approach,” he added. [more]

Trump administration denies 25 animal species endangered protection



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