While some species of animals are facing extinction others are recovering. These days the effects of climate change have caused many problems including loss of habitats and many animals are on the verge of being extinct. States officials have been trying to protect these animals by adding them to the endangered species list.
Some birds and animals are recovering now, after years of being protected. One of these species is the bald eagle. These birds have been under protection since the 1970s when they almost went extinct. Now they are being taken off the endangered species list because they have been slowly recovering.
Since 1970s peregrine falcons and bald eagles have been slowly recovering, their population multiplying by the year. Now that they have recovered, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission decided to take these birds off special protection.
One of the reasons for which these birds have been recovering is the banning of DDT pesticide. This pesticide was toxic for them and many birds died after getting in contact with it. The commission decided to take these animals off protection because they no longer fit the standard for sensitive species.
In order to fit that standard, their populations needed to be declining or at least vulnerable. Since they have been recovering, the commission sees no reason to keep them on the list. Despite the fact that they are no longer on the list, both peregrine falcons and bald eagles will be protected by federal laws.
“Both of these species are success stories in Washington as well as in other states,” said Penny Becker, WDFW Wildlife Diversity manager.
Although some animals are recovering, like these 2 birds, others are still on the verge of extinction. When the commission met in Olympia they also reclassified 3 other species. White pelicans have the “threatened” status, while lynx and murrelets are now considered “endangered”.
While some animals and birds are recovering others are losing their habitats and population. This is why state and federal officials need to make sure that each species gets the necessary attention that they need in order to remain alive. The loss of species and habitats is causing the loss of biodiversity.
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