Groups Battle Over Threatened Jumping Mouse

Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse
Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, Photo credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service

By: Cooper McKim, Wyoming Public Media
November 13, 2017

The Center for Biological Diversity and Rocky Mountain Wild, both conservation groups, filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue protections of the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse under the Endangered Species Act.

The small mouse is considered threatened and occupies stream-side habitat in the front range of Wyoming and Colorado.

This comes in response to another petition from a property rights group called the Pacific Legal Foundation, or PLF. It sought to delist the species in March, arguing the mouse isn’t not truly threatened and that the critter’s protections have had significant negative economic impacts on property owners.

In a letter earlier this year, PLF senior attorney Damien Schiff cited a 2013 study arguing the Preble’s Mouse is part of a larger northern population and shouldn’t qualify for a sub-species designation.

Read more at Wyoming Public Media.

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