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Feds Deny Protection for Salamanders Threatened by Dam



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The Fish and Wildlife Service said it will deny federal protections to three salamander species that environmentalists fear could be put in danger by a proposed California dam project.

Pressed by a lawsuit to make a decision, the federal agency concluded the Shasta salamander, Samwel Shasta salamander and Wintu Shasta salamander don’t need to be listed under the Endangered Species Act even if plans proceed to expand the Shasta Dam by raising it.

“Although the potential raising of Shasta Dam would affect individuals and inundate or remove additional habitat for the three species, the extent of the potential loss of known detection sites and habitat areas that can support individuals is very limited relative to the overall number of detection sites and remaining available suitable habitat in each species’ range,” FWS said.

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