WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to expand the designated critical habitat of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse.
A new rule adds approximately184 miles of rivers and streams, and 18,462 acres of land in Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Teller Counties in Colorado. If approved the revised designation would set aside a total of 418 miles of rivers and streams and 39,142 acres of land.
The mouse makes its home along the banks of streams and rivers, thriving in the riparian zone between the water and the underbrush. Counties and towns next to the designated habitat have unsuccessfully petitioned to have the mouse delisted to avoid the land use restrictions placed on the habitat of threatened species.