110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted May 22, 2013 - 9:57:58am
Environmentalists are urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake under the Endangered Species Act.
No action is expected before 2017.
"We are years away," said Tom McKenzie, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Atlanta. "There's a lot of information pro and con. It's not a done deal either way."
The rattlesnake is not the only animal people want protected.
"We have a limited staff and a lot of requests," McKenzie said.
The determined group of petitioners — including the Center for Biological Diversity, of Circle Pines, Minn., and the Coastal Plains Institute, of Tallahassee — have warned they may sue the federal agency to hasten a decision.
Read the whole story the May 20-22 Midweek edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The Beacon online, click here. For a list of newsstand locations, click here. To have the print edition mailed to your home twice a week, send your address via email to email@example.com.
The comments posted below are posted by readers, not by The Beacon staff. These comments express the views and opinions of the authors, and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster. The comments forum is governed by these rules. Please use the report abuse link if you find offensive comments.
Did you find this story interesting or informative? Subscribe to The West Volusia Beacon to read more stories by Al Everson, along with others from our award-winning writers. Subscribe now!