Press Release Center for Biological Diversity
Review Initiated Over Protected Status of Coastal California Gnatcatcher
Anti-wildlife Group Trying to Strip Protection From Imperiled Bird
CARLSBAD, Calif.— In response to a petition from the anti-wildlife group the Pacific Legal Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will review the status of the coastal California gnatcatcher to determine if it still qualifies as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. As in a petition that was rejected in 2011, the group does not argue that the gnatcatcher has recovered in the United States — but rather that it is not a valid subspecies and should be stripped of protection because its populations are healthy in Baja, Mexico.
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