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‘I’iwi protected under Endangered Species Act

Updated: 
September 19, 2017 - 4:03pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected Arizona’s Sonoyta mud turtle, a Hawaiian bird known as the ‘i’iwi and a Southeast fish called the pearl darter under the Endangered Species Act.

Tuedsay’s action came in response to two 2011 settlement agreements with the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians under which the Fish and Wildlife Service made protection decisions for hundreds of vulnerable species over the past six years.

With these three newly designated species, 188 species have been protected as threatened or endangered under the agreement. Eleven additional species have been proposed for protection and await decisions expected by the end of the year.

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