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Center for Biological Diversity Petition to List the Walrus as threatened or endangered

The Center for Biological Diversity submitted the 94-page Petition to List the Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) as a Threatened or Endangered Species under the Endangered Species Act (“Petition”) to the Secretary pursuant to Section 4 of the ESA. The Secretary received the Petition no later than February 8, 2008. Within 90 days of receipt of a Petition, the ESA requires the Secretary to determine, to the maximum extent practicable, whether the Petition presents substantial information indicating that listing “may be warranted,” and if so, to initiate a status review of the species. 15 U.S.C. § 1533(b)(3)(A). If the Secretary makes a positive 90-day finding, the ESA requires him to determine, within twelve months of the Petition being filed, whether the requested action (here, listing the Pacific walrus) is “warranted” and, if so, to publish a proposed rule listing the species. 15 U.S.C. § 1533(b)(3)(B).

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