Environment & Energy Report

Endangered Jumping Mouse Needs Habitat Protection, Lawsuit Says

Feb. 21, 2020, 5:17 PM

The Trump administration must better protect the critically endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse by further safeguarding its habitat in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, two conservation groups claim in a new lawsuit in the District of Arizona.

The mouse was formally listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2014, with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment stating it had a high probability of extinction within the next 10 years. The mouse, which “has exceptionally specialized habitat requirements” for areas of dense riparian vegetation, is particularly vulnerable to habitat loss from livestock grazing, water management use, and drought...

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