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Pygmy rabbits may get reprieve

For those of you cheering the linkurl:pygmy rabbit, ;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53232/ you can let up a restrained cheer today - a small one, perhaps, in keeping with the size of the animals. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), bowing to a linkurl:September court order, ;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53716/ is reconsidering whether more members of the tiny species should be covered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency had previously denied coverage of

Ivan Oransky
For those of you cheering the linkurl:pygmy rabbit, ;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53232/ you can let up a restrained cheer today - a small one, perhaps, in keeping with the size of the animals. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), bowing to a linkurl:September court order, ;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53716/ is reconsidering whether more members of the tiny species should be covered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency had previously denied coverage of the species, which triggered a 2003 petition by several groups. As a USFWS release today noted, US District Judge Edward Lodge said the agency ''acted in a manner that was arbitrary and capricious and contrary to the applicable law,'' and ordered the new finding, known as a 90-day finding, by December 26, 2007. In today's release, the USFWS noted that ''the pygmy rabbit may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species.'' The announcement relates to pygmy rabbits (Brachylagus idahoensis...

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