The U.S. government is declaring 23 species of birds, fish, and other animals extinct. Some scientists say it could be possible for 1 or more of these species to reappear. It isn’t often that wildlife officials give up hope on endangered plants or animals but scientists say they have exhausted all of their resources in efforts to find the 23 species.
The scientists warned that climate change, adds more pressure and could lead to more disappearances. The ivory-billed woodpecker could be considered the best-known species and they were announced extinct today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bird would make unconfirmed appearances in the past decade and initiated empty searches in the swamps of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.
Other species such as the flat pigtoe, and a freshwater mussel were identified in the wild a few times and never seen again. So this meant by the time these animals got a name, they were already fading from existence. Anthony Ford, a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said “When I see one of those really rare ones, it’s always in the back of my mind that I might be the last one to see this animal again,”
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