By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is taking a second look at some endangered species decisions that were made under a now-discredited interior department official. Julie MacDonald resigned in May after the department's inspector general said that she pressured scientists to change their findings to be more industry-friendly. Now the feds will review the findings for as many as nine species, including the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse and the White-Tailed prairie dog. Josh Pollock of the Center for Native Ecosystems in Denver says he hopes decisions against protections for some animals will be reversed.
"This has really large implications," he says. "We might have a very different landscape if these species had gotten the protection they deserved when they first deserved it."
The Preble's jumping mouse had been the subject of a lawsuit between Wyoming and the federal government. The two sides settled the suit in June.