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Number of Species on Waiting List for Endangered Species Act Protection Drops to Historic Low


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Number of Species on Waiting List for Endangered Species Act Protection Drops to Historic Low

WASHINGTON - The number of animals and plants on the waiting list for Endangered Species Act protection has dropped to its lowest levels since the “candidate” list was begun in the 1970s, according to an updated list released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Triggered by a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups in 2011, the agency has made great progress in addressing the backlog of species in need of protection.

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