World Turtle News, 07/07/2020
Two Map Turtles Species Move One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection in Mississippi, Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS—As the result of a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide on Endangered Species Act protection for Pascagoula and Pearl River map turtles by Oct. 29, 2021.
“North American turtles survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, but these two species need help to live through the havoc we’re wreaking on rivers,” said Jason Totoiu, a senior attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “These turtles are in steep decline and need the safeguards afforded by the Endangered Species Act before it’s too late.”
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