people hoping find this rare fish Be prepared for bad news.

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it plans to remove 23 different species Due to extinction from the Endangered Species Act. On the list is a rare type of fish that was only found in one area of ​​Ohio.

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The Scioto Madtom was last seen by humans in 1957 for a press release From the US FWS, the fish was added to the endangered species list in 1975.

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It is believed that the species’ decline was caused by “industrial discharge into waterways and agricultural runoff”, although the FWS states that the exact cause is unknown.

Image of Scioto Madtom, now extinct. (Mark R. Kibe, Fish Division, Museum of Biological Diversity, The Ohio State University.)

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Image of Scioto Madtom, now extinct. (Mark R. Kibe, Fish Division, Museum of Biological Diversity, The Ohio State University.)

Giving details of all 23 species removed from the list in a press release, Secretary Deb Haaland said, “With climate change and loss of natural territory pushing more and more species to the brink, there is now a need for active, collaborative and innovative efforts.” It’s time to lift up. Save America’s wildlife. The Endangered Species Act has been incredibly effective in preventing species from becoming extinct and has led to the need for conservationists to list threatened species and their habitat as endangered or threatened. We will continue to ensure that states, tribes, private landowners and federal agencies have the tools they need to protect America’s biodiversity and natural heritage.”

The fish was only seen in a section of Big Darby Creek in Ohio. Due to the animal’s habit of hiding under rocks or in vegetation during the day and only coming out at night, the Scioto Madtom was an elusive fish.

in a statement received by columbus undergroundAngela Boyer, endangered species coordinator for the FWS, said, “It’s not a happy day. It’s been sad, I guess I’ll put it that way. Was hoping we’d find it, but we never did. So that’s disappointing. But yeah, it’s time to take it off the list. It’s been searched and searched and not found, and we really believe that it’s gone.”

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