FWS Declines to List Seventeen Species on the Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced its decision that Endangered Species Act listing for seventeen animal species (including species of slugs, snails, snakes, and butterflies) is not warranted at this time. The decision was made in response to numerous listing petitions submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians, and others between 2009 and 2012. The agency announcement does “ask the public to submit to us at any time any new information relevant to the status of any of the species…or their habitats.”