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FWS releases endangered species candidate list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its annual lists of plants and animals that are candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

The mao or ma ‘oma ‘o bird, an olive green honeyeater native to Samoa, 18 flowering plants and four ferns found on the Hawaiian Islands were among 23 new entries this year.

{mosads}Packard milkvetch, a shrub that has historically grown in Wyoming, was removed from the list. Its population has been stable for the last five years.

Though candidate species are not protected under the Endangered Species Act, FWS said candidate conservation agreements are used to remove threats to species and grants are available to fund conservation projects on private land.

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