06 Jun '11, 6pm

Obama Administration Fails to Protect Southeastern Newt Threatened With Extinction

For Immediate Release, June 6, 2011 Contact: Tierra Curry, (928) 522-3681 Obama Administration Fails to Protect Southeastern Newt Threatened With Extinction JACKSONVILLE, Fla .— The Obama administration denied Endangered Species Act protection today to the striped newt, an amphibian found in north-central Florida and southern Georgia that government scientists say needs federal protection to avoid going extinct. Using a tactic that has become commonplace on President Barack Obama’s watch, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the newt merits federal protection but won’t receive any. Instead, the species was added to a growing list of “candidates,” where it will wait for protection indefinitely. To date, Obama’s Interior Department has used this “warranted-but-precluded” designation for 28 species — more than any other administration. Now 262 species are on the candidate ...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/20...

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