Feds say mountain plover stays off endangered list
May 18, 2011
DENVER (AP) – Officials say a small, brown bird that breeds in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains does not warrant a spot on the endangered species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the mountain plover will not receive protection under the Endangered Species Act following a review of scientific information and public comments.
Last year, federal officials agreed to reconsider the bird’s status after two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit seeking their protection in 2006. Environmentalists said the mountain plover’s numbers had been dropping across its range.
Federal officials said they found threats against the bird and their habitats aren’t as serious as initially believed.
The mountain plover breeds in Rocky Mountain states from southern Canada to northern Mexico. It winters in California, Texas, Arizona and Mexico.