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Endangered snail in Illinois?

August 20, 2009 at 06:15 AM

Endangered species?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 29 species may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act: MOLLUSKS Frigid ambersnail in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin Bearmouth mountainsnail in Montana Byrne Resort mountainsnail in Montana Longitudinal gland pyrg in Nevada, Utah Hamlin Valley pyrg in Utah Sub-globose snake pyrg in Utah PLANTS Yellowstone Sand Verbena in Wyoming Ross' bentgrass in Wyoming Hamilton milkvetch in Colorado and Utah Isely milkvetch in Utah Skiff milkvetch in Colorado Precocious milkvetch in Wyoming Cisco milkvetch in Utah Schmoll milkvetch in Colorado Fremont County rockcress in Wyoming Boat-shaped bugseed in Colorado Pine springs cryptantha in Arizona, Utah Weber whitlowgrass in Colorado Brandegee's wild buckwheat in Colorado Frisco buckwheat in Utah Ostler's peppergrass in Utah Lesquerella navajoensis in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah Flowers pentemon in Utah Gibben's beardtongue in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming Pale blue-eyed grass in North Dakota, Oregon, Washington Frisco clover in Utah INSECTS Platte River caddis fly in Nebraska Meltwater lednian stonefly in Montana FISH Northern leatherside chub in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming

SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—Twenty-nine species in more than 20 states - from a rare beach-dwelling plant in Yellowstone National Park to a caddisfly in Nebraska - may need federal protections to avoid extinction, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency said Tuesday that 20 plants, six snails, two insects and a fish may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act but in-depth studies are needed first.

In Illinois that could include the frigid ambersnail, a mollusk that is said to prefer ice-chilled caves or undisturbed, well-forested Algific slopes. Marjor limiting factors for the snails are the loss of habitat from overgrazing, quarrying and other human action as well as the spread of invasive species such as garlic mustard.

Not everyone is embracing the new list, though. Click here to read a story out of Ohio that states:

Saying the frigid ambersnail is endangered in Ohio is like saying the mastodon faces extinction here.

The state hasn’t had the proper habitat to host the land snail for about 15,000 years, said Jeff Nekola, a snail expert at the University of New Mexico.

The USFWS says a few of the snails have been found in Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The decision is a response to a 2007 petition by WildEarth Guardians, an environmental group that sought protections for more than 200 species, most of them in the West.

In February, the agency turned down protections for 165 plants and animals and delayed a decision on the remaining 38.

Among the 29 that federal officials said may need protection are the Yellowstone sand verbena, which only lives on the sandy beaches of Yellowstone Lake, several species of milkvetch in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, and a Midwestern mo llusk called the Frigid ambersnail.

Fourteen of the 29 appear in Utah, including 10 plant species and a small silvery minnow called the Northern leatherside chub.

Diane Katzenberger, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman in Denver, said each of the species will now get a detailed review, including identification of its range, distribution and threats.

Federal officials will then decide whether each needs to be protected as a threatened or endangered species.

Nicole Rosmarino, wildlife program director for Santa Fe, N.M.-based WildEarth Guardians, said she’s pleased with the decision but more needs to be done to protect other species deemed threatened by scientists.

“To catch up with the biodiversity crisis in the U.S., the service needs to be listing dozens of species at once,” she said.

The Fish and Wildlife Service defines an endangered species as one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its r ange. A threatened species is one that is likely to become endangered soon.

The agency said several of the 29 species being considered for protection could be affected by climate change, including the meltwater lednian stonefly that’s only been found in Montana’s Glacier National Park. The loss of glaciers in the park by 2030 - as predicted by some scientists - could jeopardize the fly’s habitat, the agency said.

Other species face threats from habitat loss, road construction, mining, livestock, energy development, off-road vehicles and water diversions, the agency said.

Nine species were denied the possibility of federal protections because there wasn’t sufficient information in the petitions.

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Can we sacrifice one state and drop off all these enviro LOONIES and the all the precious little snails and other so called “endangered species”. Marion, IL can not, and has not been able to build a reservoir for water supply (instead must underground pipe it from Rend Lake) for decades I believe because of some alleged endangered salamander or newt in Sugar Creek. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should go all 1800’s and do a buffalo wipe out, but come on people. Who needs PETA to mess with hunting when you just need some splinter enviro whacko group to file a lawsuit to prevent use of something like crab orchard lake because maybe there is an endangered dragon fly.

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Just like a hunter to not give two turds for anything except their own hunting rights.

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