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Emergency Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Mojave Desert Snail
Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed an emergency petition (see PDF) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the Mohave shoulderband snail, a tiny resident of Kern County. The snail is found on three mountain peaks southeast of Bakersfield and nowhere else on Earth, and a mine now under construction, the Golden Queen open-pit gold and silver mine, will wipe out the majority of its population. The tiny snail’s total global range is smaller than eight square miles.

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