Dunes sagebrush lizard will not be listed as endangered species

Posted: Jun 15, 2012

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MILAN SIMONICH, Las Cruces Sun-News
Sagebrush lizard

The dunes sagebrush lizard will not be listed as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided today against federal protection for the lizard, which exists in four counties of southeastern New Mexico and four others in West Texas.

The federal government's position is that voluntary conservation agreements to save the reptile are working well. Through these measures, private landowners and businesses are setting aside land and money to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard's habitat, which overlaps with oil drilling in the Permian Basin.

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