What Exactly Are The Protections Afforded To Endangered Or Threatened Species?

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 makes it illegal for governmental agencies or private individuals to take or harm (including habitat) of any endangered or threatened species. To take means to kill or harm the species, and its definition also extends to any negative impact, modification, or degradation, of its habitat where it effects behavior such as breeding, migration, as well as other normal behavioral characteristics.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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