U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delists Delmarva fox squirrel
Washington – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delisted the Delmarva fox squirrel, a subspecies of the fox squirrel native to the Eastern United States.
The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made the right call in delisting the Delmarva fox squirrel. The squirrel’s population has increased substantially since its listing and this is another example of the successful recovery efforts that are possible thanks to the protections provided by the Endangered Species Act.
“ Climate change and sea level rise are likely to affect portions of the squirrel’s habitat in the next 50-100 years, so it will be incumbent upon the affected states to ensure that its recovery remains a success by protecting habitat for the fox squirrel and the other creatures that rely on this region.”
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