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Shrimp and snails will come under endangered protection

In Santa Fe, more than 500 acres of land will be designated protective space for certain species of snails and shrimp, according to a new report from the Current Argus.

"We're pleased that Bitter Lake will receive an increased legal shield, given the threat from oil and gas drilling to this unique biodiversity hotspot," Nicole Rosmarino, a biologist at the WildEarth Guardians, told the news source. "Just one oil spill in their habitat could extinguish these fragile species forever, and the service should guard against that threat."

The cost of the protection is about $1.5 million over the span of 30 years. The three snail species in question were listed under federal protection after two decades of petitioning.

The New York Times reports that there are currently more than 1,400 species covered under the Endangered Species Act. The act allows for federal protection of animals and plants, many of whom may go extinct if no protection is given for proper habitat space and population maintenance.
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