ESA in the news: more litigation
Expressing outrage with abuses by the Bush Administration, a Las Vegas Sun editorial praised California's decision to sue the Federal government over the proposed Endangered Species Act regulations, and the Center for Biological Diversity announced another expected lawsuit brought by a coalition of environmental groups to challenge the Bureau of Land Management for failing to consider the effects that a commercial oil-shale industry in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming will have on endangered and threatened species. Portland's News Channel 8 offered a fairly lengthy (for TV) discussion of the hopes in Oregon that the Obama adminstration will prove greener-minded. Covering a local interest angle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently discussed the future of the Mexican gray wolf and the American burying beetle.
The American burying beetles are the largest of the carrion beetles -- up to one-and-a-half inches long. Named for its practice of burying its food, the beetle uses special chemical receptors in its antennae to detect dead meat. These receptors are so sensitive that they pick up the carcass' signal from a long distance and usually within an hour after the animal's demise. Caption information from the St. Louis Zoo's Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation, photo from FWS published by www.esasuccess.com