Roll call of the wild

By Sarah Parsons

Much like American Idol contestants, animals protected by the Endangered Species Act are on one day, off the next. The Western Great Lakes population of gray wolves was the latest to get axed from the ESA’s list of federally protected species, and the bald eagle may be next. (The Fish and Wildlife Service must decide whether or not to remove the bird’s federal protections by June 29.) The FWS is in the process of making decisions about several other species, too—both adding and removing them from the list. Here’s what’s on the table. Don’t be fooled by the brevity of the “Proposed for Listing” section: The FWS is also conducting preliminary research on 278 candidates.

Issue 25

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