Colorado critters could join endangered list
The Denver Post
From wolverines to black-tailed prairie dogs, dozens of species here and across the nation are being re-evaluated for possible threatened or endangered status.
The Obama administration is taking a fresh look, in many cases under court order, at Bush administration rejections of special status. A move to prevent extinction of more plants and animals could limit housing construction and energy development.
Today, federal officials are expected to propose protection for an additional 19,000 acres of Front Range habitat for the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, a threatened species.
New species under consideration for protection have “aesthetic, ecological, education, historical, recreational and scientific value,” and those facing extinction “could be indicators of bigger ecosystem problems that could hurt us,” said Bridget Fahey, regional director of endangered species for the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Science shows that when you start removing species from our ecosystem, things can start to break down,” Fahey said.
The Colorado state government also is working, through a parallel process, to protect imperiled animals.
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