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18 Endangered Species Get Second Chance for More Protection


Oh, the harm a political appointee can commit. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced it will review at least eight key decisions "inappropriately influenced" by then-deputy assistant secretary Julie A. MacDonald, a political appointee who resigned from the agency in May. According to the Washington Post, an inspector general's report found that MacDonald "had improperly leaked information to private organizations, bullied staff scientists and broken federal rules."

The 18 species to benefit from this review include the white-tailed prairie dog, Preble's meadow jumping mouse, arroyo toad, southwestern willow flycatcher, California red-legged frog, Canada lynx and 12 species of Hawaiian picture-wing flies.