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Not Enough Info on Vanishing Species to Declare Them Vanishing, Feds Say

WASHINGTON (CN) - The pygmy mountainsnail, Bear Lake whitefish, and Colorado buttercup are three of 165 mountain-prairie region species that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not protecting under the Endangered Species Act.

The USFWS has completed preliminary findings of 165 of 207 species that the environmental group Wildearth Guardians requested be listed under the act, and determined that there is not enough information submitted on these species to warrant continuing the process of protecting them.

The service asks the public to submit any new information that becomes available regarding these 165 species, or threats to them or their habitat.

A finding on the remaining 39 species will be made in future 90 day reviews.

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