Do you believe everything you hear on the radio or read in the newspaper about the ESA?
Join us weekly as we dispel common myths about ESA. We will provide you with the correct information. Every week we will present a myth and follow it with the facts. Just press on our Widget. Feel free to take this information to your own website!
Myth: Under the ESA, anyone may petition the FWS to list a species as endangered or threatened, and the FWS must list it, even if it’s a common or absurd species.
Fact: The FWS has received petitions for some species that clearly do not merit being protected under the ESA (e.g., humans). In some cases, we simply send a letter explaining why the species does not meet the criteria for being listed as endangered or threatened. In other cases, we conduct a basic review of the available information to determine whether a more thorough review is needed. In all cases, the FWS is not forced to list anything and instead makes an independent decision that is based on the best available science.
This information is brought to you by the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Last updated: May 15, 2013