The U.S. Endagered Species Act of 1973 is considered the gold standard of species protection laws, and is responsible for the survival of many creatures, including the black-footed ferret at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. But business and development interests have always wanted to get rid of it, and now with a new administration in Washington, renewed efforts are being made to weaken or repeal it. (Kimberly Fraser, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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