Monday, 2 May 2016

US claims success in efforts to save endangered species

Obama administration puffs its chest out over apparent victories in removing animals from endangered species list at accelerated pace

Friday 22 April 201619.20 BSTLast modified on Friday 22 April 201620.05 BST 

The world may be hurtling to the worst extinction crisis since the dinosaurs were wiped out, but the US is claiming success in its own efforts to prevent species following the path of titanosaurs, dodos and passenger pigeons.

A total of 34 species have been removed from federal Endangered Species Actprotections since 1978 due to them recovering, rather than becoming extinct. This pace has accelerated under Barack Obama’s presidency – 16 of the 34 recovered species have been delisted during the current administration.

Animals as diverse as the brown pelican, gray wolf and Concho water snake have been pulled back from the brink and removed from the at-risk list. The Louisiana black bear, famous for one of its number being spared by Theodore Roosevelt on a hunting trip which prompted the name “teddy bear”, was officially deemed no longer at risk in March.

In Obama’s final year in power, his administration has started to puff its chest out over apparent victories in preventing wildlife loss.

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