Billings, Mont. – Death has knocked one last time for the beautiful ivory-billed woodpecker and nearly two dozen other birds, fish and other species – the US government declares them extinct.
This is a rare act by wildlife officials to lose hope for an animal or plant. However, scientists believe that climate change will increase the risk of extinction.
There are many factors that contribute to this largest series of species extinctions. These factors include urbanization, water pollution, and logging. Man was the main cause of every extinction.
NBC News The announcement on Wednesday will be the start of a three-month consultation period before the final status change. Some of the extinct animals may reappear over the next few years.
NBC News spoke to a Cornell avian scientist who said that declaring extinction was a way for the government to end its conservation efforts for these species.
Only 11 species were declared extinct by US officials since 1973, when the Endangered Species Act was passed.
According to The New York Times, the Bachman’s warbler, and the Kaua’i are among the other birds declared extinct by U.S. conservation officials.