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Federal regulations aim to protect endangered animals

The Obama administration recently unveiled a $33 million bid that would ask farmers and landowners to help save seven rare and endangered animals across the country, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The program, called Working Lands for Wildlife, is a joint effort of the U.S. Agriculture and Interior departments and will offer landowners funding to protect at-risk species that might dwell on their property, while also asking owners to pledge cooperation in saving the species. The initiative was started because about two-thirds of endangered or threatened species exist on private lands, according to the USDA website.

The program is voluntary to farmers, ranchers and forest owners, and will consist of incentive efforts to restore populations of declining wildlife species while giving them "regulatory certainty that conservation investments they make today help sustain their operations over the long term," the website reports.

The program would help animals such as the New England Cottontail rabbit, Lesser Prairie Chicken, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Greater Sage-Grouse, Golden-Winged Warbler, Bog Turtle and Gopher Tortoise. 
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