Conservation Groups Seek ESA Protection for Pygmy Rabbits

The Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, and Defenders of Wildlife submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting protection of pygmy rabbits under the Endangered Species Act. The petition states that the rabbits depend on the sagebrush steppe ecosystems of the Sagebrush Sea for their survival and are at risk of extinction because of habitat loss and disease.