U.S. Exempts Species Classified as Endangered in the Rest of the World [Slide Show]

A comparison of the U.S. list of endangered species with the world standard finds many species are left unprotected
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Gunnison Sage Grouse

The Gunnison Sage Grouse's populations have been declining for over ten years now due to habitat loss from road construction, livestock and real estate development. Because the populations are so fragmented, the grouse has become even more susceptible to the West Nile virus, and their genetic diversity is dropping.....[ More ]

Ahsy Storm Petrel

In 2007 the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the ESA to list the ashy storm-petrel as endangered after drastic population declines and increasing threats from pollution, squid fishing and nest predation by species that were expanding into its habitat.....[ More ]

Jollyville Plateau Salamander

The Jollyville plateau salamander lives in just five locations in the United States, most of them in Texas. An office building now occupies one of those locations. The salamander has been in the running for ESA listing since 2007, but hasn't quite made the jump yet.....[ More ]

New England Cottontail

These cottontails aren't breeding like rabbits. Their habitat has declined over eighty percent since the 1960's and the population has been cut in half since 1994. The cottontail roams around states like New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.....[ More ]

Relict Leopard Frog

Less than 2,500 mature Relict leopard frogs remain in the U.S., and no subpopulation has more than 250 adults. The frogs live in a small range bordering Arizona, Nevada and Utah, where habitat loss to agriculture and the introduction of bullfrogs has greatly reduced their numbers.....[ More ]

Tricolored Blackbird

A California native, the tricolored blackbird went from a species of least concern to endangered status in just two years due to loss of breeding areas in grassland and marshes. In 2004 the Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition to list the bird as endangered, but the USFWS decided it should not even be considered a candidate for ESA protection.....[ More ]

Mojave Ground Squirrel

These little rodents live in the scrub habitats of the desert they're named after. Like many scrub dwellers, the biggest threat these squirrels face is habitat loss, as urban and suburban development presses out into the desert and the military expands its presence in the Southwestern United States.....[ More ]

Kittlitz's Murrelet

The Kittlitz's murrelet is the most endangered species that appears on the IUCN list and not the ESA list. Murrelets live in Alaska and Russia, where they eat fish and large plankton from the water that melts off glaciers.....[ More ]

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