Did the government save the Maguire daisy?

A perennial herb with dime-sized white or pink flowers, the Maguire daisy, was added to the endangered species list in 1985 when it was believed there were only 7 of them remaining in Utah. Since that time, government efforts to reestablish them were said to have been so successful that they were able to be delisted in January. But did the Endangered Species Act actually save the Maguire daisy? Perhaps not, at least according to a Fish and Wildlife official interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune, who recently said that shortly after the daisy was listed, botanists examined the area more closely and found many more flowers than first reported. If true, this would mean the rescue of the daisy wasn’t from the Endangered Species Act, but from a simple correction of the government’s erroneous analysis.

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