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Maine senators join new push to preserve U.S. wildlife

New England cottontails are known to live in only six towns in Maine and all are south of...
New England cottontails are known to live in only six towns in Maine and all are south of Portland.(Gray tv)
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 9:21 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s two U.S. senators have signed on to a push to try to improve protections for America’s wildlife.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said they’re co-sponsoring the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

The proposal is designed to create new federal investment in wildlife conservation work led by states, territories and tribal nations.

The senators said the proposal would dedicate money to help recover species.

In Maine, that would include the New England cottontail, a species of rabbit.

They said the state would receive more than $11 million per year.

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