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Commission takes action on listing status of four wildlife species


The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to keep greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels on the state’s threatened species list and snowy plovers and northern spotted owls on the state’s endangered species list.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), took action on the protective status of the four species during a public meeting Feb. 26-27 in Olympia. The department recommended keeping the four species at their current protective status.

Both greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels have seen their ranges shrink over time and continue to face several threats including the...

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