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Endangered Species Act Saves Rare Fish in California and Oregon
Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on February 12 (see PDF) that Endangered Species Act protections have successfully recovered the Modoc sucker, a fish native to south central Oregon and the Pit River basin in northeastern California. The sucker was granted federal protection in 1985 due to streambank erosion from cattle grazing and predation from nonnative brown trout. At the time of listing, the sucker was only found in seven streams in two watersheds, occupying just 13 miles of habitat. Today it is found in 12 streams in three watersheds and occupies 43 miles of habitat.

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