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Tribe, Service create habitat where species, culture thrive

November is National Native American Heritage Month. To showcase that month, here is a story underscoring how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked with Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe to establish a self-sustaining fishery. It is but one example of how the Service collaborates with tribes across the country.

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Four other species of map turtles included in the listing due to similarity of appearance

Following a review of the best available science, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Pearl River map turtle as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With only an estimated 21,000 remaining in the wild, and those individuals threatened with turtle harvesting as well as habitat loss and degradation due to the effects of sea-level rise, flooding, and drought, future projections for the Pearl River map turtle show populations becoming increasingly isolated.

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