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Feds reconsider whether to protect mountain plover

Submitted by rebecca on June 29, 2010 – 6:59 amNo Comment

     DENVER (AP) - A small, brown bird that breeds in the Rockies and
Great Plains and winters in California, Texas, Arizona and Mexico
may get federal protection after years of proposals.
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Monday to place the
mountain plover on the endangered species list. The agency agreed
last year to reconsider the bird's status to settle a lawsuit by
two environmental groups that say the mountain plover's numbers
have dropped across most of its range.
     Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians calls the decision a
"glimmer of hope" for survival of the prairie and its wildlife.
     Federal officials are soliciting public comments and scientific
information about the bird. A final decision on the mountain plover
is due May 1, 2011.

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