SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty-nine species in more than 20 states — from a rare beach-dwelling plant in Yellowstone National Park to a caddis fly in Nebraska — may need federal protections to avoid extinction, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The agency said Tuesday that 20 plants, six snails, two insects and a fish may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act but in-depth studies are needed first. The decision is a response to a 2007 petition by WildEarth Guardians, an environmental group that sought protections for more than 200 species, most of them in the West. In February, the agency turned down protections for 165 plants and animals and delayed a decision on the remaining 38. Diane Katzenberger, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman in Denver, said 29 species will now get a detailed review, including identification of its range, distribution and threats. Federal officials will then decide whether each needs to be protected as a threatened or endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service defines an endangered species as one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. A threatened species is one that is likely to become endangered soon.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 29 species may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, including; PLANTS: →Hamilton milkvetch in Colorado and Utah →Isely milkvetch in Utah →Skiff milkvetch in Colorado →Precocious milkvetch in Wyoming →Cisco milkvetch in Utah →Schmoll milkvetch in Colorado →Fremont County rockcress in Wyoming →Boat-shaped bugseed in Colorado →Pine springs cryptantha in Arizona, Utah MOLLUSKS: →Frigid ambersnail in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin →Bearmouth mountainsnail in Montana →Sub-globose snake pyrg in Utah INSECTS: →Platte River caddis fly in Nebraska →Meltwater lednian stonefly in Montana FISH: →Northern leatherside chub in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming. ASSOCIATED PRESS