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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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Rio Grande Cutthroat trout listing is warranted, but precluded, by other priorities

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73 Federal Register 27900 (Wednesday, May 14, 2008)(Department of Interior; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Status Review for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout;  Fish and Wildlife Service; Notice of candidate status review.)
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the results of the status review for the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki virginalis) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended. After a thorough review of all available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the Rio Grande cutthroat trout is warranted but precluded by higher priority actions. Upon publication of this status review, we will add the Rio Grande cutthroat trout to our list of candidate species with a listing priority number of 9, because the threats affecting it have a moderate magnitude and are imminent. We will develop a proposed rule to list the subspecies as our priorities allow. We ask the public to continue to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning the status of or threats to the subspecies. This information will help us to monitor and encourage the ongoing conservation of this subspecies. DATES: The finding announced in this document was made on May 14, 2008.

See also Center for Biological Diversity's petition to list the species, and FWS press release.

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Photo of Rio Grande Cutthroat trout by John Woodling available at Colorado Division of Wildlife