Declining Lion Populations Get Endangered Species Protection
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will add African lions to the endangered species list and tighten restrictions on sport hunting permits.By Grant Suneson | December 21, 2015
Drastically declining lion populations are getting a helping hand from the U.S. government.
Asiatic lions in India as well as central and west Africa are getting placed on the endangered species list while their relatives in southern and eastern Africa will be listed as threatened.
To further protect the big cats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also made it harder to get sport-hunting licenses by making the application process more stringent.