Yellow-billed Cuckoo Protected Under Endangered Species Act

October 2, 2014 10:22 PM

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Following a 2011 agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity to speed protection decisions for 757 imperiled species nationwide, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today protected the yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act. In August the agency proposed to protect more than 500,000 acres in nine western states as critical habitat for the bird, which is expected to be finalized next year.

“Yellow-billed cuckoos were once common along rivers all over the West, but because of our poor treatment of western rivers, they’re now found in just a handful of places,” said Noah Greenwald, the Center’s endangered species director. “With just a little more care, we can restore the rivers the cuc...

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