Trump administration puts off listing bumble bee as endangered

The rusty patched bumble bee, a bee indigenous to the Midwest, has had its endangered species listing delayed due to a regulatory freeze by the current administration.

The date of the bee’s addition to the endangered list has been delayed forty days, from February 10th to March 21st, but the Fish and Wildlife Service has commented that do not believe this delay will have a significant impact on the conservation of the species.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, an international, nonprofit that focuses on the conservation of this vast group of animals, set up a team of experts in November 2016 to combat the decline of the rusty patched bumble bee, and will continue to work through this regulatory freeze.

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