Federal Appeals Court Reverses Failure to Protect Pacific Walrus

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9th Circuit Overturns Decision That Walruses Don’t Require Endangered Species Act Protection

The Pacific walrus is threatened by climate change (Credit: USFWS)The Pacific walrus is threatened by climate change (Credit: USFWS)

SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly denied Endangered Species Act protections to the Pacific walrus.

The Wildlife Service found in 2011 that

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