Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:04 pm
Troy Wilde / Utah News Connection
|Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species |
SALT LAKE CITY - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Utah and several other Western states where the yellow-billed cuckoos spend time.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate more than 500,000 acres as critical habitat for the cuckoo, which is being considered for endangered-species designation.
Michael Robinson, conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the protections would give the birds a better chance of survival.
"The critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act provides protections from federal actions that might degrade the critical habitat or destroy it so that it's not usable by whatever endangered or threatened animal it's been designated for," he said.