News Release Center for Biological Diversity
49 Hawaiian Plants, Animals Protected Under Endangered Species Act
HONOLULU— In accordance with a landmark 2011 settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity expediting protection decisions for 757 species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected 49 Hawaiian plants and animals as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Like many Hawaiian species on the brink of extinction, they are threatened by habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change. Nineteen of the species were petitioned for listing by the Center in 2004.
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