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Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration is making changes to the Endangered Species Act, and critics say those changes will have a negative effect on the protection of certain species.

We discuss the changes, which animals could be impacted, and how. Our guests:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sturgeon are an iconic species of the Great Lakes -- with their long noses and whiskers, and bony plates down their backs, they can grow up to 7 feet long and their ancestors date back hundreds of millions of years.

But these days, they’re threatened.

"Lake sturgeon are kind of the aquatic version of the buffalo," said Jeff Miller, a senior conservation expert with the Center for Biological Diversity, a national nonprofit that works to save species that are threatened.