Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning.
July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the...
Walruses appear early on Alaska shore as sea ice recedes
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of Pacific walruses have come to shore off the northwest coast of Alaska in their earliest appearance since sea ice has substantially receded.
As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice.
Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around.
How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of a legal fight over whether walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them an added protection against human encroachments.
Thousands of Pacific walruses again herd up on Alaska coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of Pacific walruses have again gathered on the northwest shore of Alaska as the Chukchi Sea approaches its annual sea ice minimum.
Residents of the Inupiaq village of Point Lay on Aug. 22 reported hearing walruses, said Andrea Medeiros, spokeswoman in Alaska for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a village of 110 on the Alaska Peninsula see the occasional walrus in Bering Sea waters, but when 200 packed a beach just outside the community, it took them by surprise.
Port Heiden's Tribal Council President John Christensen, Jr. was on a beach ride with four-wheelers April 7 and smelled something foul, he said Wednesday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The question of whether Pacific walruses are a threatened species will be decided in federal court.
An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday over its failure to list the Arctic marine mammals as threatened because of diminished sea ice — their primary habitat — brought on by climate warming.
During the Obama administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in 2011 that walruses deserve the additional protection of being declared threatened.
2 walrus calves swim on public view at SeaWorld Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two walrus calves are swimming on public view at SeaWorld Orlando.
Ginger was born at the Florida theme park in June. SeaWorld officials say Aku was rescued from a gold mining dredge off the coast of Alaska in October.
Officials say the pair of whiskered marine mammals have been socializing and receiving round-the-clock care while their new habitat was being prepared. The Wild Arctic exhibit also includes adult Pacific walruses and beluga whales.
Group files notice it will sue over walrus protection
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A national environmental organization filed notice Thursday that it will sue the Trump administration over its rejection of Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species.
The Center for Biological Diversity called the action last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "an unlawful, politically motivated decision" that deprives walruses of needed protections in the face of climate change and melting sea ice.
Federal government: No threatened species listing for walrus
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will not list the Pacific walrus as a threatened species based on diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice, concluding that the marine mammals have adapted to the loss by foraging from coastlines.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said they cannot determine with certainty that walruses are likely to become endangered "in the foreseeable future," which the agency defines as the year 2060.
The Latest: Walrus advocates slam endangered species denial
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the federal government's decision rejecting the Pacific walrus as a threatened species (all times local):
The author of a petition to list the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species says the federal government has made a disgraceful decision in rejecting the listing.
US agency to decide if Pacific walrus is threatened species
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency faces a deadline this week to decide whether the iconic Pacific walrus will join the polar bear on the threatened species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a court settlement has until Saturday to decide whether the Pacific walrus should be put on the list because of threats to its sea ice habitat due to climate change.
Activist urges walrus rafts in absence of Arctic sea ice
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental activist is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider placing anchored rafts in the ocean as resting platforms for walruses after stampedes killed 64 animals on Alaska's northwest coast.
APNewsBreak: Walruses in Alaska may have died in stampede
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of Pacific walrus are coming to Alaska's northwest shore again in the absence of summer sea ice and not all are surviving.
A survey Monday of a mile of coastline near the Inupiaq Eskimo village of Point Lay found 64 dead walruses, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told The Associated Press.
Loss of sea ice leads walruses to early appearance in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of Pacific walruses came ashore to a barrier island on Alaska's northwest coast, the earliest appearance of the animals in a phenomenon tied to climate warming and diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska men who shot several walruses without keeping the meat and caused stampedes that killed about two dozen more animals have been sentenced to probation, restitution and community service.
Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Adam Sage, Michael Tuzroyluk, Guy Tuzroyluk, and Jacob Lane also will be banned from hunting walrus for a year.
All four men are from Point Hope, a village on Alaska's northwest coast.