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Four Subspecies of Mazama Pocket Gopher to be Protected under the Endangered Species Act


Mazama pocket gopher up close (Photo: WDFW)   Mazama pocket gopher showing its teeth (Photo: Kim Flotlin, USFWS)
Photo: WDFW   Photo: Kim Flotlin (USFWS)

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.

How does the Mazama pocket gopher listing affect me?


The Pocket Guide to pocket gophers is a series of links provided below to assist you in being informed about our decision regarding the Mazama pocket gopher and what it means to you.

  Endangered Species Act Actions
  Other websites or helpful information

Critical Habitat Maps

      (All maps are in Adobe pdf format)





Last updated: June 25, 2015
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