09 Apr '11, 12am

Flying squirrels are back on the endangered list:

Flying squirrels are back on the endangered list:

West Virginia northern flying squirrels have been put back on the endangered species list by a federal judge just after they were taken off by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The judge was made aware of the inappropriate delisting due to a lawsuit filed by The Wilderness Society and Friends of Blackwater Canyon. The key aspect of their argument was that it was the Bush Administration who had put on pressure to delist the flying squirrels and in doing so caused the US Fish and Wildlife Service to circumvent Endangered Species Act requirements. They also somehow overlooked population data for the flying rodents. The judge wrote in his 30-page opinion, “Here, FWS failed to comply with unambiguous provisions of the ESA, and the Court is not inclined to speculate what the consequence of a properly revised recovery plan will be on the status of this species.” (Source: UScourts...

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