WildEarth Guardians want federal protection for Utah lizard, snail

Posted: Jan 25, 2010

Written by

PATTY HENETZ, Salt Lake Tribune
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Gila monster (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Gila monsters -- poisonous, colorful, reclusive and a bad guy in a classic Western movi

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Gila monster (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Gila monsters -- poisonous, colorful, reclusive and a bad guy in a classic Western movie -- are dying off in Utah because of headlong growth and development in St. George and the rest of Washington County. The lizards must not go extinct and need federal protection, says WildEarth Guardians, a Southwestern conservation group that is blanketing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) with petitions and lawsuits aimed at fending off biological annihilation.

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