Lawsuit launched to protect rare Mountain Fox in California and Oregon

SAN FRANCISCO / January 16 — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect the Sierra Nevada red fox as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Center petitioned for protection of the fox in April 2011 based on the precarious status of these mountain-loving animals, of which fewer than 50 individuals are currently known to exist. “Sierra Nevada red foxes are without a doubt among the rarest, most critically…

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200,000 acres protected for Southwestern Willow Flycatchers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada

Phoenix / January 3, 2013 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife designated yesterday 208,973 acres, along 1,227 miles of river, in six states, as protected critical habitat for endangered southwestern willow flycatchers. The decision is a response to litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. The protected habitat was established in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, along several well-known rivers, including the Rio Grande, Gila, Virgin, Santa Ana, San Diego and others. The southwestern willow flycatcher is a small, rare, neotropical, migrant songbird that depend on desert…

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