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The U.S. government wants to declare 23 animals extinct, including a large ivory woodpecker. The Federal Animal and Fisheries Agency has submitted a proposal for this. Most species, including birds and fish, have not been seen for a long time.
Search attempts stopped
The government is suspending the search for 23 endangered species. “As climate change and wildlife loss push more and more species to the brink of extinction, it is time to step up initiative, cooperation and innovative efforts to save America’s wildlife,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Holland.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 23 species now declared endangered include a bat, 11 birds, 8 freshwater mussels, 2 fish species and one flowering plant in the mint family.
The “bird of God” is no longer noticed
The ivory woodpecker, known to bird watchers as the “Bird of God”, is the largest woodpecker in the United States. But the intrusion of old growth forests into South America has destroyed its habitat. The last known location was in 1944 in the northeastern southern state of Louisiana, the company said. An observation from 2004 is strongly controversial that it is most likely a different woodpecker species.
Scientists have warned that man-induced climate change and habitat destruction will prevent the extinction of animals. Currently 1,300 animals are on the U.S. list of most endangered species
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