People hoping to find this rare fish should brace for bad news.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it plans to remove 23 different species from the Endangered Species Act due to extinction. Among the list is a rare type of fish that was seemingly only found in one area of Ohio.
The Scioto Madtom was last sighted by humans back in 1957. According to a press release from the U.S. FWS, the fish was added to the endangered species list back in 1975.
It is believed that the species’ decline was caused by “industrial discharge into waterways and agricultural runoff,” although the FWS does state that the exact cause is unknown.
In the press release detailing all 23 species removed from the list, Secretary Deb Haaland said, “With climate change and natural area loss pushing more and more species to the brink, now is the time to lift up proactive, collaborative, and innovative efforts to save America’s wildlife. The Endangered…