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Line drawing of Virginia northern flying squirrel. Credit: Robert Savannah
Line drawing of Virginia northern flying squirrel. Credit: Robert Savannah

Federal regulations updated for Virginia northern flying squirrel under the Endangered Species Act

June 16, 2011

Contacts

Meagan Racey, (413) 658-4386
Deborah Carter, (304) 636-6586

Additional Resources

Download the news release (pdf)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule to comply with a court order that reinstated the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act for the Virginia northern flying squirrel, more commonly known as the West Virginia northern flying squirrel.

While the court order had legal effect immediately upon its filing on March 25, 2011, this final rule is necessary to update the Code of Federal Regulations.

In accordance with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia court order, West Virginia northern flying squirrels are listed as endangered throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

A copy of the reinstatement final rule and other information about the West Virginia northern flying squirrel is available on the Internet here or by contacting Deborah Carter at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia Field Office, 694 Beverly Pike, Elkins, WV 26241 (telephone (304)636-6586).  The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 17, and is available today.

Learn more about this species.

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