Do Plains Bison Need Endangered Protection?


Should plains bison be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act?  “No” is the answer that came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday.  The Service concluded that a petition filed by James and Natalie Bailey to list the bison as such did not contain substantial scientific data.

Under the ESA, the Service is required to review the petition to decide whether it contained substantial scientific information that the listing may be warranted in a process known as a 90-day finding.

The bison petition was filed on June 22nd of 2009.  Due to the gap in time that it took to make this decision, the Center for Biological Diversity had sued the Fish and Wildlife Service last year for failing to respond.

CLICK HERE to read the finding from the USFWS.

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Haylie Shipp


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