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Feds eye more than 6,000 Arizona acres as jumping mouse critical habitat

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013

Photo by Jennifer K. Frey/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A New Mexico meadow jumping mouse in a 2006 photo from Sugarite Canyon State Park in New Mexico. The mouse, which lives in Arizona as well, has been proposed for endangered species status.

Washington. D.C. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to list the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species and to set aside more than 6,000 acres in eastern Arizona as critical habitat for the animals.

The plan, posted Thursday in the Federal Register, is urgently needed to help stem a “really concerning rate” of disappearance of the mice, said supporters of the endangered species listing.

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