Monday, December 5, 2011

[AP] N.M. senators seek delay in lizard decision

ARTESIA, N.M. New Mexico's two U.S. senators are encouraging the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to temporarily delay a decision on whether to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.

The Artesia Daily Press reports that the senators jointly signed a letter that was sent to director Daniel Ashe. His agency is expected to make a final decision next month on whether the lizard should be listed.

The letter applauds the agency for extending the initial public comment period and for holding public hearings in New Mexico and Texas to gather comments.

The letter says the best available scientific information is vital to the listing process and that Ashe has authority to temporarily delay the decision if there's a dispute over the related scientific data.

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