Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downlisted the American burying beetle (ABB) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), from endangered to threatened.
"For 45 years, the Endangered Species Act has not fulfilled its mission and instead created burdensome red tape and unnecessary obstacles for landowners, small businesses, and communities to comply with," Mullin said. “In Oklahoma, the American Burying Beetle continued to be on the endangered species list, despite a substantial increase in conservation efforts which should have removed it from the list. I applaud the Trump Administration for finalizing the rule to downlist the American Burying Beetle and give regulatory certainty to landowners."
More information on the decision can be found here.