Monday, January 9, 2012

Save the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

The dunes sagebrush lizard survives in one of the smallest habitats of any lizard -- a tiny area of oak-covered sand dunes in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. This habitat covers less than 2 percent of all land in the Permian basin, but is threatened by oil and gas development and herbicides sprayed by ranchers.

Powerful oil and gas interests and right-wing congressmen are crusading to kill the lizard's shot at Endangered Species Act protection, without which it will be lost to extinction. Speak out against this blatant political interference into science and the Endangered Species Act.

In December 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to protect the lizard, triggering a one-year deadline to finalize protection; but since then, apparently caving to industry pressure, the Service has delayed lifesaving protections by an additional six months.

Please submit comments to the Service in support of protecting the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species now, before it's too late.

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