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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.


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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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FWS seeking comments on Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep critical habitat and taxonomy

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73 Fed. Reg. 6684-6689 (Feb. 5, 2008)(Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) and Proposed Taxonomic Revision

Photo from Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office, with credit to California Department of Fish & Game  

SUMMARY: “We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis californiana) and proposed taxonomic revision under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also announce the availability of the draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed critical habitat designation, and an amended required determinations section of the proposal... We will incorporate all comments into the supporting record as part of this comment period, and we will fully consider them when preparing our final determination...  We will accept public comments until March 6, 2008.”

  • FWS press release (Feb. 13, 2008) "Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Final Recovery Plan Released" available online ("The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed a cooperative plan to recover the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep to a sustainable level where it can be removed from the federally protected category.")