July 11, 2008

news on Preble's meadow jumping mouse

By news on Preble's meadow jumping mouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to remove Endangered Species Act protections for populations of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse located in Wyoming.  However, the Service also concluded that this subspecies remains threatened throughout a significant portion of its range, namely Colorado, and protections will persist there.  For more, visit the ESA blawg.

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In re Petition to delist the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

On behalf of a broad coalition of sound science and property rights advocates, PLF filed a petition with the federal government to delist the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from the Endangered Species Act. The government originally listed the mouse on the theory that it was a distinct subspecies whose numbers were declining. However, later studies showed that the mouse has strong genetic links to other, clearly prolific mice. When considered as part of that larger population, the mouse bears no risk of extinction, and the restrictions on habitat–estimated to cost Wyoming and Colorado landowners more than $200 million over 20 years-should be lifted.

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