Scientists Urge FWS to Take “Swift Action” to Protect Pacific Walruses Under the ESA

More than a decade after the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to protect the Pacific walrus under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), twelve scientists urged FWS to finally take “[s]wift action.” The scientific experts note in their correspondence that Arctic warming driven by climate change is reducing the walrus’ sea ice habitat and presenting a dire threat to the survival of the species.