Lawsuit Fights to Save Rare Lizard in Texas, New Mexico
The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife went to court Wednesday to fight the Obama administration’s decision to cancel its proposal to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act.
The lizard had been a candidate for federal protection for nearly 30 years until 2010, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in response to a petition by the Center, proposed to list it as endangered. Eighteen months later the agency withdrew its proposal, saying it would instead rely on a volunteer conservation program in Texas — which happens to be administered by the very oil and gas execs who would benefit from destroying the lizards’ habitat.
To make matters worse, the details of the agreement (like exactly how lizards will be protected) are hidden from the public and even the federal wildlife agency.
Dunes sagebrush lizards, which live only in Texas and New Mexico, are some of the nation’s most imperiled lizards. They deserve better than this.
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