This story is not new, but it is not out of date. The issues it raises must be repeated because they still appear to be unfamiliar to many people.
Arizona Wildlife Status
There is general agreement that wildlife is declining worldwide. Across the U. S., government agencies and private organizations have set aside millions of acres in parks, monuments, preserves, refuges, wilderness areas, and other protected areas. The efforts have undoubtedly slowed the decline, but they have not stopped it. The status of most small invertebrate species is unknown, but the AZ Game & Fish Department reports that 551 of the state’s 992 vertebrate species are imperiled.
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