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Why Does Texas Want to Remove a Songbird From the Endangered Species List?

(Above: The golden-cheeked warbler. Photo: Steve Maslowski/U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Could the golden-cheeked warbler soon be off the endangered species list? That’s what the Texas General Land Office wants to do with a lawsuit filed on the behalf of the agency earlier this month. On the GLO’s website, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush […]

 Images By Steve Maslowski/U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service ., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=399283(Above: The golden-cheeked warbler. Photo: Steve Maslowski/U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Could the golden-cheeked warbler soon be off the endangered species list? That’s what the Texas General Land Office wants to do with a lawsuit filed on the behalf of the agency earlier this month.

On the GLO’s website, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush calls leaving the species on the endangered list ineffective and irresponsible.

Why does the agency want to remove this songbird from the endangered species list? And how do animals end up on that federal list in the first place? We talk with representatives from both the General Land Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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