The Center for Biological Diversity and Healthy Gulf has sued the Trump Administration for what they say is a failure to protect two species of map turtles under the Endangered Species Act.
The lawsuit that was filed January 21st in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia notes that the Pascagoula and Pearl River map turtles are found only in Mississippi and Louisiana.
The center, Healthy Gulf, and other groups petitioned to protect the two species in 2010, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to decide their status. Water Program Director Andrew Whitehurst said, “We would like to see them go ahead and take on the studies required for listing and get this done and end the delay and that’s what the suit asks, to end the delay.”
At least 47 plant and animal species have gone extinct waiting for protection since the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973.