Animal welfare groups seek protection for Alaska sea otters

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2003

ANCHORAGE - Two animal welfare groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday to force the federal government to place an Alaska sea otter population on the endangered species list.

"I want the federal government to begin protecting the sea otters from extinction," said Brent Plater, a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity in Oakland, Calif. "We are asking the government not to stand idly by and let this species go extinct."

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by the center and the Turtle Island Restoration Network against Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Assistant Secretary Craig Manson and the Fish and Wildlife Service.



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