FWS dismisses state and local protections of gopher as too flexible

April 10, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed four subspecies of Mazama pocket gopher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As PLF explained in a comment letter last year, this listing is inappropriate and unnecessary because it doesn’t recognize the extent to which state and local regulations already protect the gophers. As ...