Pacific Region Highlights

Southern Idaho ground squirrel

"Working with our conservation partners has helped us to avoid listing these three species native to Idaho." - Mike Carrier, USFWS Dennis Mackey / USFWS

Three Idaho Species No Longer Warrant Listing Under Endangered Species Act

The Service has determined that three species found in Idaho no longer warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Southern Idaho ground squirrel, Goose Creek milkvetch, and the Great Basin population of the Columbia spotted frog are among 17 species across the country that have been determined to no longer merit candidate status for listing under the ESA. Strong partnerships with the state of Idaho, tribes, private landowners and other federal agencies were essential ingredients to proactive conservation of these species.

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Columbian white-tailed deer with ear tags.

This deer was spotted on the Wildlife Drive at Ridgefield NWR. That's not jewelry in his ears, they are tags that help biologists identify and keep track of this endangered species. K. Meyer

Service Proposes to Downlist the Columbian White-Tailed Deer

In a move signaling the success of ongoing conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest and the benefits the Endangered Species Act affords our most at-risk wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to downlist the Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened. The Service is opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal.

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Bull trout

Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

Service Completes Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan

Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost when the Service announced the final Bull Trout Recovery Plan, which outlines the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout. The final recovery plan was developed after more than a year of collaboration with interested and knowledgeable federal, tribal, state, private, and other parties. At the core of the plan’s strategy are six geographically specific implementation plans.

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