The AP reports that the American bald eagle, the Yellowstone grizzly bear and the Great Lakes gray wolves have each been removed from the endangered species list in the past year. This marks the largest number of animals removed from the list in a single year since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973.
Nevertheless, scientists, activists, and government officials all agree that the ESA is not doing enough. In three decades, only 14 species have been removed from the list and there are currently about 1,300 species protected under the ESA.
The AP story also reports some interesting statistics on the past four administrations. Over the past 6 1/2 years, the Bush administration has only added 84 new species to a protected status under the ESA, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, compared to more than 500 during the Clinton administration 's eight years in office, 230 during the first President Bush's four years, and more than 270 during President Reagan's eight years.
(Source: AP article at the Ocala Star Banner, and the Lakeland Ledger)