>> Bald eagles, gray whales, and grizzly bears. Three species brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to the US Endangered Species Act, which the Trump Administration has proposed changing. The revisions would end a practice that automatically gives the same protections for threatened species as endangered species. And would evaluate a species critical habitat initially only in places where it currently live, not where it could live if its population recovered.
The Interior Department's proposal would also the language that prohibits considering economic impacts when deciding how animals should be protected. Republicans have long argued the 1973 Endangered Species Act restricts economic development by limiting, for example, drilling and mining. But conservation groups are blasting the proposed changes as an assault on wildlife protections.