Insects can be considered endangered species too. A species of bees from North America may end up on the list of endangered species. The Bumblebee will be the first type of bee that enters the list of endangered animals in the U.S.
“The proposal for this species to enter the list was made by the U.S Fish and Wildlife. “As pollinators, rusty patched bumblebees contribute to our food security and the healthy functioning of our ecosystems,” the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement.”
The agency also mentioned that the insects, especially the bees, bring $3 billion in economic value each year for the U.S. This type of bees do a better pollination compared to the honeybees, due to their “buzz pollination.”
This is not the first time specialists requested the bumblebee to be put on the endangered species list. In 2013, for instance, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation also made a petition to put the bees on the list. The petition was filed because the bees have experienced a loss of 87% of their population only in the last few years.
The decline of the bees may be caused by climate change, pesticides, and habitat loss. The bees will have to wait 60 days before the decision is made.
Another species that is discussed is the red wolf. Despite having protection, this wolf is thought to be a hybrid, and that means that it can’t be on the endangered list.
The US Fish and Wildlife put the animal on the list in 1967, but many people think that it does not belong there and that the focus should fall on other species.
The Endangered Species List does not protect hybrids and this is why the red wolves can’t be part of this program. The U.S Fish and Wildlife disagrees and continues to protect the species.
The director of the Wildlife agency told the Congress:
‘We believe there is enough scientific evidence that the red wolf has been treated as and will continue to be treated as a separate species.”
The protection of the red wolves has caused many discussions over the time, but the species remains on the list and is protected from extinction.
What is your opinion about the bumblebees being put on the endangered species list? What about the red wolves? Should they benefit from additional protection from now on?