Endangered Species Act

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The Endangered Species Act of 1973, Public Law 93-205, was approved December 28, 1973, 87 Stat. 884.

There are 1912 species currently listed as endangered species. [1][2]

Since 1973, only 33 species have been delisted, seven because they went extinct and 12 more because they should not have been listed in the first place. Six more may be cases of data error, which is certainly the case with the gray whale and American alligator. The brown pelican’s and Arctic peregrine falcon’s recoveries have far more to do with the ban on the insecticide DDT than with the Endangered Species Act.

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