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California's salmon are in danger, says president of Defenders of Wildlife

A recent article written by the president of the Defenders of Wildlife, Rodger Schlickeisen, and published in the San Francisco Chronicle expresses concern for salmon wildlife after Congress took wolves off of the endangered species list.

The report notes that the Endangered Species Act was signed by President Nixon in 1973 in order to protect animals. Recently, Congress - for the first time in history - sidestepped the Endangered Species Act and ruled that wolves in the Northern Rockies are not endangered.

The new legislation was passed along with the 2011 budget plans, and according to Schlickeisen, the animals now facing loss of protection are the salmon off the coast of California.

"At the end of March, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, introduced legislation that would make it easier for major agribusinesses in the most arid part of the Central Valley to divert even more water from salmon and other imperiled fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta," wrote Schlickeisen.

Some Pacific salmon are listed as endangered and some are listed as threatened, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The chinook salmon was placed on the endangered list in 1994.
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