African Lion on the US Endangered Species List? Midnight Deadline to Comment
The following post was provided by an external author writing in collaboration with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. You can follow the link below to post your own comments for USFWS review of this potential listing.
Get Involved to Protect the African Lion
By Becca Bryan
It is estimated that there are approximately 35,000 wild lions in Africa. This is a large decline in the total population since last estimates in 1980 of about 76,000. The decline is largely due to habitat loss, loss of prey base, and increased human-lion contact.
This is where all of us can make a difference.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is considering a proposal to list the African lion under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to “Threatened”, with what is called a “4(d)” that addresses the protections being considered for lions. The African lion is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The proposed 4(d) rule under for African lions covers all of the protections —> Read More Here