Endangered Species Proposals Get Public Hearings On Guam

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23 species of animals, plants proposed for listing in Guam, CNMI

By Steve Limtiaco

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has proposed adding 23 species of animals and plants in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to the list of threatened and endangered species, has scheduled informational meetings and public hearings later this month.

It also has reopened the window for public comment on the proposed changes to Feb. 11, which is 30 days after the latest notice was published in the Federal Register.

For Guam residents, a public information meeting is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 27, at the University of Guam's Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration building, room 129. A public hearing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. that day at the same location.

The animals and plants are in danger of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Among the ongoing threats they face are: habitat loss due to development; competition with non-native species; predation by non-native species; climate change; inadequate action to prevent the spread and introduction of non-native species; military training; recreational vehicles; and small numbers of individuals and populations.

The 23 species, according to Fish and Wildlife, are:

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