Feds settle lawsuit over protection for penguins
SAN FRANCISCO — Several species of penguins will get special protection after a federal judge in San Francisco approved a legal settlement involving the Endangered Species Act.
Under the agreement approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti, the U.S. Department of the Interior Department will finalize protections for seven species — African, Humboldt, yellow-eyed, white-flippered, Fiordland crested, erect-crested and a population of southern rockhopper penguins.
The settlement comes after the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network sued the federal government.
Though penguins are not native to the U.S., the Act compels federal agencies to analyze and reduce the impact of emissions on certain protected species.
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