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West Virginia northern flying squirrel.
A female West Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) that was found by U.S. forest service biologists during annual monitoring of nest boxes in November 2012.
Credit: Kristopher Hennig, AmeriCorps with the USFS

West Virginia northern flying squirrels are again considered recovered throughout Virginia, West Virginia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final rule to reinstate removal of the Virginia northern flying squirrel, more commonly known as the West Virginia northern flying squirrel, from the endangered species list under the Endangered Species Act. A Nov. 13, 2012, court order reversed a 2011 district court’s decision that the Service erred in delisting the squirrel. This final rule is necessary to update the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect the court order.

Final rule in Federal Register
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Published on: Monday, March 04,2013

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