The Endangered Species Act

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Sea Otter

Sea otters live and play in the waters off the Pacific coast. They are one of the few animals known to use tools – they use small rocks to open shellfish. The otters play an important role in controlling sea urchin populations, which would otherwise damage the kelp forest ecosystem. They were thought to be extinct from the California coast, until 50 otters were found near Big Sur.

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The Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for our nation’s wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. The Act protects thousands of endangered species and millions of acres of habitat. In today’s era of global warming, it is needed more than ever. Because of the success of its programs, we can still see bald eagles, peregrine falcons, wolves, grizzly bears and wild salmon. Learn more about the Endangered Species Act.

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