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Trump Budget Puts Elephants, Red Wolves, Whooping Cranes on Path to Extinction

WASHINGTON— African elephants, red wolves, salmon and whooping cranes are among the 10 endangered species that would most likely be driven closer to extinction under President Trump’s proposed budget for 2019, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis.

The administration’s budget proposal released Monday would slash the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget by $300 million, or 19 percent. It would cut funding for the Multinational Species Conservation Fund by 45 percent, and the National Marine Fisheries Service budget by 4 percent.  

“Trump’s budget would be a staggering death-blow to some wildlife species that are already trying to fight off extinction,” said Stephanie Kurose, endangered species policy specialist at the Center. “By starving wildlife recovery programs of funding, Trump is turning his back on hundreds of endangered species that desperately need help. It’s despicable.”

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