29 Sep '15, 4pm

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Proposed for Protection Under Endangered Species Act

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Proposed for Protection Under Endangered Species Act

For Immediate Release, September 29, 2015 Contact: Collette Adkins, (651) 955-3821; cadkins@biologicaldiversity.org Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Proposed for Protection Under Endangered Species Act Habitat Destruction in Midwest, Great Lakes States Driving Snake's Decline MINNEAPOLIS— In accordance with an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that speeds up protection decisions for 757 species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the eastern massasauga as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The reclusive, nonaggressive rattlesnake has been waiting for protection for more than 30 years. Eastern massasauga rattlesnake photo by Mike Redmer, USFWS. This photo is available for media use. “As wetlands have been drained and destroyed, the massasauga has disappeared with them,” said the Center’s Collette Adkins, an attorn...

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