US Trump administration denies endangered species protection for 25 species

02:50  05 october  2017
02:50  05 october  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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Contact: Noah Greenwald, (503) 484-7495, ngreenwald@biologicaldiversity.org. Trump Administration Denies Endangered Species Protection for 25 Species . Pacific Walrus, Boreal Toad, Fisher Among Species Wrongly Denied Protection .

The Endangered Species Act works, but not when the Trump administration ignores the plight of animals that need help," said Catherine Kilduff, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.

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From walruses to turtles and woodpeckers to toads, the Trump administration Wednesday declined to list 25 species as endangered, noting that extra protection “is not warranted at this time.”

Of particular concern to environmental groups is the Pacific walrus, which had been considered a candidate for the list due to the dramatic loss of its Arctic sea ice habitat.

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25 species , including Pacific walrus, denied endangered protection by Trump administration . From walruses to turtle species and woodpeckers to toads, the Trump administration Wednesday declined to list 25 species as endangered .

Parrots, those colorful birds famous for repeating what you say, are facing fewer protections from the Trump administration . Both species were listed as endangered in the 1970s after their populations declined.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which determines which species can be classified as endangered, reported that it can't say with certainty that the Pacific walrus is likely to become endangered, despite an extensive loss of Arctic Sea ice due to global warming.

“This is a truly dark day for America’s imperiled wildlife,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “You couldn’t ask for a clearer sign that the Trump administration puts corporate profits ahead of protecting endangered species.”

However, Alaska's Republican congressional delegation — Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and U.S. Rep. Don Young — applauded the decision about the walrus.

“I welcome this action by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a decision that recognizes the health and stability of Alaska's walrus population and ignores the extreme political pressures often associated with new Endangered Species Act listings,” Young said in a statement.

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Murkowski said that “their thorough review, driven by the best available data and science, found that the population of Pacific walrus is robust and healthy, and has proven that it can adapt to the changing conditions in the Arctic."

In addition to the Pacific walrus, other species that were denied protection include the Barbour’s map turtle, Bicknell’s thrush, the Big Blue Springs cave crayfish, the Oregon Cascades-California and the Black Hills populations of the black-backed woodpecker, the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle, Kirtland’s snake and the San Felipe gambusia.

Fourteen species of Nevada springsnails did also not qualify for endangered status.

These species "are now one step closer to extinction," Greenwald said. "We’re going to challenge as many of these bogus findings as we can.”

“Denying protection for these 25 species despite the imminent threat of climate change and ongoing habitat destruction is typical of the Trump administration’s head-in-the-sand approach,” he added.

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