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Judge rules for Fish and Wildlife Service in frog habitat case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were within the law when they declared thousands of acres in Louisiana and Mississippi as “critical habitat” for the endangered dusky gopher frog. The case involved 1,544 acres in St. Tammany Parish and 5,000 acres in Mississippi named as critical habitat for the animal. Landowners had ...

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Bench trial to begin today over land for dusky gopher frog

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge is hearing arguments on the claim that federal wildlife officials made an illegal land grab by listing 1,500 acres of private land in Louisiana as critical habitat for an endangered burrowing frog. U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman scheduled a bench trial today for the challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation ...

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Are those mussels legal? Two species now protected

While mussels may be tasty, beware — eating a couple of species is now a federal offense. Two species of freshwater mussels have been designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mussels are only found in portions of the Cumberland and Tennessee River systems. The agency designated 24 critical habitats in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia for ...

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Endangered frog getting boost from weather, new research

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — It’s been a good year in the wild and in the lab for one of the world’s most endangered species, the dusky gopher frog. The rainy spring brought a good hatch at two shallow, rain-fed ponds south of Saucier in the DeSoto National Forest. And new lab projects are underway at Mississippi State University to improve captive ...

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Tradition developer agrees to protect Mississippi gopher frog pond

HARRISON COUNTY — The Center for Biological Diversity, Gulf Restoration Network and Columbus Communities, the developer of a planned community called Tradition in Harrison County signed an agreement today to protect habitat for the highly endangered Mississippi gopher frog The memorandum of understanding outlines steps the parties will take to facilitate a land exchange between the developer and U.S. Forest ...

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