The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for not protecting 19 wildlife species under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is extending the commenting period on a proposed rule to list two distinct population segments of the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act.
The species include a clam, five butterflies and 13 birds. The group said USFWS acknowledged in early August the species warranted protection, but protections were “precluded” by other agency work.
“Perpetuating the Trump administration’s snail pace of protecting foreign wildlife is unacceptable for the Biden administration in this global extinction crisis,” said Tanya Sanerib, CBD international legal director.
In late July, a coalition of 70 conservation, Indigenous and animal welfare groups filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to relist the gray wolf as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
If the agency does not publish a proposed rule for the 19 species by mid-October, CBD will sue, the group said.