U.S. Declares Extinction Of 23 Species

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The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officially declared the extinction of the ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 other species on Wednesday. The agency has also proposed that these 23 species be removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list, which helps preserve endangered species on the federal level. “Each of these 23 species represents a permanent loss to our nation’s natural heritage and to global biodiversity,” said Bridget Fahey, who’s in charge of classification for the Fish and Wildlife Service. “And it’s a sobering reminder that extinction is a consequence of human-caused environment…

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