Checkerspot Isn’t Endangered, Feds Say

     WASHINGTON (CN) – After a 12-month review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided that the evidence presented does not warrant listing of the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly as either threatened or endangered.

     The Sacramento Mountains checkerspot is found only in high mountain meadows near the town of Cloudcroft in the Sacramento Mountains, N.M. According to a petition to list the butterfly submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, it is threatened by road maintenance and construction, livestock grazing in its habitat, invasive plants, climate change, campground improvements, construction of new houses, pesticide spraying, and collection by lepidopterists.
     The Service is open to reconsideration of its listing decision and urges the public to continue to supply data related to the checkerspot to the Service for possible future listing.

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