Walrus to Get “Endangered” or “Threatened” Label

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon announce a federal listing for the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species, a spokesman for the agency said Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported that the agency is waiting on a publication date from the Federal Register before it reveals its recommended listing.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition three years ago claiming that the walrus should be listed as threatened or endangered due to loss of sea ice caused by climate change.

The case gave the Fish and Wildlife Service a court-mandated deadline to determine a listing.

The decision will be announced one day before it is published in the Federal Register, agency spokesman Bruce Woods told The Associated Press.

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