COMMENTS SOUGHT ON ZUNI BLUEHEAD SUCKER RECOVERY PLAN

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON ZUNI BLUEHEAD SUCKER RECOVERY PLAN
SANTA FE, N.M. — The deadline for comments on the Zuni Bluehead Sucker Recovery Plan is Sept. 20, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced Tuesday. The Recovery Plan was developed as directed by the Wildlife Conservation Act [17-2-40.1C, NMSA 1978] with the assistance of an Advisory Committee of interested and involved individuals. The Recovery Plan details the program expected to lead to restoration and maintenance of the species, and includes natural history information, a discussion of attendant social and economic factors, and the goal and strategies for the recovery of the species. The Zuni bluehead sucker occurred in headwater streams of the Little Colorado River. It currently Wildlife News -3- August 10, 2004 is limited to 10 percent of its historical range, including the Rio Nutria in McKinley County. Past land-use practices in the watershed, including dam construction, stream channelization, deforestation and livestock grazing, and the introduction of nonnative fi shes and crayfi shes contributed to the current imperiled status of the species. The Zuni bluehead sucker was classifi ed as endangered in New Mexico in 1975 and is a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. Copies of the recovery plan are available on the Department of Game and Fish web site — www.wildlife.state.nm.us — or from Ms. Stephanie Carman, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Conservation Services Division, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, N.M. 87504. Comments may be sent via E-mail to scarman@state.nm.us/.

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