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Interior Department reaches settlement over endangered animals

The Department of the Interior and an environmental group called WildEarth Guardians have reached a settlement that may mean the speedier protection of about 251 endangered animals.

According to, the federal agency will agree to finalizing endangered animal protection for 251 species by September of 2016. The environmental group will in turn cease to continue its lawsuits against the Interior Department for its failure to approve endangered animals' protection by the required deadlines.

"Today's agreement will finally allow these species, that the government has repeatedly stated warrant protection, to have a decent chance at actually receiving that protection before they go extinct," said Jay Tutchton, General Counsel of WildEarth Guardians.

According to the official website for WildEarth Guardians, the new agreement represents a "historic settlement" that will hopefully help endangered animals and plants receive protection sooner.
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