A new Forest Service elephant census released Tuesday shows that African Forest elephants have become extinct in the state, with no new African Forest elephant being recorded in Pennsylvania since the agency began tracking them in the 1970s.
The census is the first to show that African elephants are extinct in Pennsylvania and the only one of its kind to be conducted since the 1970 census.
It shows that they have gone extinct in 13 of the state’s 15 counties, according to the Forest Service.
The Forest Service released the new data on the day after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation that would allow the federal government to allow the states to keep endangered species protected under federal law.
Trump’s proclamation was based on a lawsuit filed by African forest owners in New York who had been seeking to protect their African Forest.
The African Forest is a sparsely populated forest in central Pennsylvania where many African forest elephants live and breed.
African Forest Elephants were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2006.