Sonoran Desert Tortoise No More Listed Under the Endangered Species Act

It seems good to hear that the Sonoran Desert Tortoise, found primarily in Arizona, are no longer listed endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. On October 5, 2015, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared that eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, which seems to be a victory for fishermen who catch the increasingly valuable species.

The conservation agreement list includes sage grouse, Montana grayling and dunes sagebrush lizard. Paul Henson, Oregon’s state supervisor for the fish and wildlife service, said “People cleared it for agriculture because that’s where the best soils and the water were”. Currently there are about 470,000 to 970,000 adult desert tortoises in the US and Mexico. David Godlewski, SAHBA’s president, said that a listing was not warranted from scientific point of view. There would be some additional regulations challenging to building home industry, causing an increase in housing costs.

The Endangered Species Act has protected about 435 Hawaii species till now. Weakening the nation’s foremost wildlife conservation law will cause great loss to future generations of Americans, said Godlewski. There is vital need to have an active management for the health of a forest and for the healthy ecosystem in order to have faster recovery of threatened species.

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