A clarification of part of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has some wildlife advocates concerned that the act is being watered down.

In a policy change that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USDWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service claim will provide consistency, the agencies published a definition for the phrase “significant portion of (a species’) range,” which is sometimes used in determining whether a species should be listed as threatened or endangered.

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