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Eight animal species in California move toward protected status

(Last Updated On: September 29, 2015)

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that eight species of animals in California have now gotten one step closer to being protected as either endangered or threatened. Two are in the San Bernardino Mountains alone: the California spotted owl and the southern rubber boa. According to a spokesperson for the agency, this is just one step  in a process that will take several years.

Other species on the list include:

  • the tri-colored blackbird
  • Shasta salamander
  • Panamint alligator lizard
  • Limestone salamander
  • Kern Plateau salamander
  • Inyo Mountains salamander

California has more species of amphibians than most other states, and Jerry Loda, a lawyer who works for the Center for Biological Diversity, says “species like the Shasta salamander and rubber boa are part of what makes California special and are an important part of the web of life we all depend on.” 

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