BILLINGS, Mont. — Death has come knocking one last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and almost two dozen other birds, fish and other species — the U.S. government is declaring them extinct.
This is a rare decision by wildlife officials to lose hope on a species or plant. However, scientists believe that climate change will increase the likelihood of extinctions as more species are threatened with extinction.
There are many factors that led to this most recent and largest group of extinctions. They include human urbanization, water pollution, logging, and other factors. Humans were responsible for each extinction.
NBC News According to reports, Wednesday’s announcement will open a three month comment period before final species status changes. Some of the extinct animals may reappear in years to come.
According to NBC News, extinction is a loss of life. It marks the end for government conservation efforts for the species.
Only 11 species were declared extinct since 1973, when the Endangered Species Act was passed.
According to The New York Times, the Bachman’s warbler and the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō are among the other birds that U.S. wildlife officials have declared extinct.