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Feds deny endangered status for cactus pygmy-owl

Officials: Although scarce in Az, birds have numbers in other states

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service refused to grant threatened- or endangered-species status Wednesday to the cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl, even though there may be fewer than 50 of the birds left in the state.
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Oct 6, 2011, 9:50 am
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The Fish and Wildlife Service issued its decision on that petition Wednesday, saying that listing the bird again is not warranted.

Humphrey said that one element in the decision was the fact that there has never been a large population of the owls in the U.S. in the first place.

“It is safe to say, the pygmy owl had never been an abundant bird in the U.S. and it is a rare bird today,” he said.

Poor pygmy owls…
So because there are so few, it is determined they won’t be missed… :(

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