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Environment & Climate Change

Nonprofit sues Trump administration over protection of wildlife

Environmental advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity has sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Interior Secretary for not making protection decisions for wildlife.   

Three of the 24 species the lawsuit cites are native to Michigan. The yellow-banded bumblebee, purple lilliput, and round hickorynut are native to Michigan. The group says these species are not currently protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Noah Greenwald is the endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. He says since 1974, 47 species have gone extinct while waiting for protection.

"In particular species in our freshwater in North America are going extinct at an accelerated rate," says Greenwald. "So we need to do more to protect our freshwater to protect our streams, and Michigan is definitely a good place to start."

The group hopes the suit will force decisions about these species to be made.

The Trump administration could not be reached for contact at this time.