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US declares ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 other species extinct

Billings, Sep 29 (AP) 23 birds, fish and other species, including the ivory-billed woodpecker, were declared extinct in the US on Wednesday.

Government scientists say they are tired of finding these 23 species. He warned that these species have become increasingly extinct mainly due to climate change as the warming of the earth increases the threat to plants and wildlife.

The ivory-billed woodpecker is perhaps the best-known species declared extinct by the US Department of Fish and Wildlife. This bird has been discovered extensively in recent decades in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, but has become extinct.

Others include the flat pigato, a freshwater mussel native to the southeastern US. It has been seen only a few times and never seen again. This means that its existence is vanishing.

Anthony ‘Andy’ Ford, a biologist at the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Tennessee, said, “Whenever I see this rare creature, it comes to my mind that I may be the last person to see this creature again. ”


However, the reasons for the extinction of these species have varied, ranging from over-development, water pollution, the slaughter of birds for feathers and the capture of livestock. In every case, man is the ultimate cause.

Another thing he shared is that the 23 creatures that were included in the endangered species list introduced in the 1960s are very unlikely to survive. After the Act of Extinct Species Act, only 11 species have been removed from it.


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