ANNOUNCEMENT: Decades of Conservation Success Recover Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Now Proposed for Removal from Endangered Species List
Note: From September 23 to November 24, 2014, review and comment on the proposed delisting at www.regulations.gov and enter docket no. FWS–R5–ES–2014–0021. See it under "Important Documents" as well.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that due to concerted conservation efforts by landowners and other partners, the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, one of the animals included on the first list of endangered species nearly a half century ago, has recovered across many parts of its historic range, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to remove it from Endangered Species Act protection. The proposal is based on an extensive review of the best scientific and commercial data available which determined that the squirrel is no longer in danger of extinction through all or a significant portion of its range, and it is not likely to become so within the foreseeable future.
Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Photo credit: Guy Willey
September 25, 2014