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Old 17-11-2018, 01:44 PM   #970
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It’s Official: Bumble Bee Species Declared Officially Endangered

The rusty patched bumble bee gained federal protection Tuesday after the Trump administration removed its hold on listing the species as endangered.

The listing, the first time a bumble bee species in the U.S has received protection under the Endangered Species Act, follows an 87% decline in the species population since the late 1990’s, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Rusty patched bumble bees now remain in just 13 states, down from 28.

The endangered species classification was supposed to take effect in mid-February by order of the Fish and Wildlife Service under former President Obama, but the Trump administration pushed back the date to March, calling for further review following complaints from agriculture and other industry groups. Tuesday’s decision to list the bumble bee species as endangered came after the National Resources Defense Council sued over the delay last month.

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