The Interior Department has proposed changes to 1973’s Endangered Species Act, which would weaken regulations and allow for more consideration of “the economic impact of protecting a species.” In its current form, the Endangered Species Act has brought thousands of plants and animals back from the brink of extinction, among them icons of Western wildlife, like grizzly bears, southern sea otters, and the California condor. CNN shows what’s at stake with their rundown of some of the Endangered Species Act’s biggest success stories:

Since it was passed 45 years ago, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has protected thousands of plants and animals that humans have pushed from their habitats and driven close to extinction.

Today, there are more than 2,300 plants and animals with protected status in the US and abroad, with the Louisiana pine snake becoming the most recent addition in May.

But last week, President Trump’s Interior Department proposed big changes to the ESA, part of the administration’s sweeping rollback of what some view as burdensome regulatory red tape.

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