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Endangered Species Act 40th Anniversary
Protecting Imperiled Animals and Plants Since 1973
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will honor the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with a year-long commemoration of the legislation that has been successful in stabilizing populations of species at risk, preventing the extinction of many others, and conserving the habitats upon which they depend.
Relict Leopard Frog
The relict leopard frog was believed to be extinct until three populations were discovered during the early 1990s. While the rare frog has not been found in Utah since 1950, it is at home in freshwater springs in Nevada and Arizona.
Photo credit: Tom Brennan
Lange's Metalmark Butterfly
The Lange's metalmark is a reddish-orange butterfly with only a 1.5-inch wingspan. Its last known home is the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1980 specifically to protect the butterfly.
Photo credit: David Kelly / USFWS
Copperbelly Water Snake
The copperbelly water snake lives in lowland swamps or other warm, quiet waters. The population of copperbelly water snakes that live in southern Michigan, northeastern Indiana, and northwestern Ohio has been listed as threatened.
Photo credit: ©Omar Attum, used with permission
The Colorado pikeminnow, formerly the Colorado squawfish, is the largest American minnow, growing up to 6 feet long and weighing up to 80 pounds. The fish occurs in the warm, swift waters of the big rivers of the Colorado Basin.
Photo credit: Joe Ferreira
Service Issues Revised Proposed Rule Reclassifying Straight-Horned Markhor Under the ESA
The Service today announced revisions to the August 7, 2012, proposed rule to reclassify the straight-horned markhor (Capra falconeri jerdoni) from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The revisions are the result of new information the Service received during the public comment period indicating Capra falconeri jerdoni is no longer a valid taxon and has been combined with Capra falconeri megaceros. The combined taxon retains the common name straight-horned markhor.