Image from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.
A federal judge has overturned an Interior Department decision that removed the West Virginia northern flying squirrel from the endangered species list.
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued this 30-page opinion on Friday, ruling that Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service had improperly removed the animal from the protected list without first changing its recovery plan and following required public input procedures for doing so.
We’ll have more on this in tomorrow’s Gazette …