Four Subspecies of Mazama Pocket Gopher to be Protected under the Endangered Species Act
After years of close collaboration with local landowners, state biologists, federal agencies and other partners to implement significant conservation measures, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the listing of four subspecies of Mazama pocket gophers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The listing comes with additional provisions that recognize farmers, ranchers and the Department of Defense for their conservation efforts to date.
The four subspecies -- the Olympia (Thomomys mazama pugetensis), Roy Prairie (T.m.glacialis), Tenino (T. m. tumuli) and Yelm (T. m. yelmensis) pocket gophers -- are found only in Washington State in Thurston and Pierce counties. A threatened species is one that is likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant portion of its range in the foreseeable future.
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