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How endangered species have fared
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:15 AM

By Mark Holtsberry

Education specialist Paulding SWCD

Growing up as a child, I remember reading or hearing on the news about eagles, owls and grizzly bears becoming extinct. Now, as a child, I thought that extinct meant these creatures smelled. Well, the word does sound like stink.

But, within the past few days, House leaders in D.C. say it’s time to take these species off the endangered list. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars trying to save more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened.

Now the talk is of an overhaul to the 1973 Endangered Species Act, giving states more authority over imperiled species and limiting litigation from wildlife advocates.