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Bid to protect 4 Nevada butterfly subspecies nixed

RENO - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a conservation group's request to protect four Nevada butterfly subspecies under the Endangered Species Act.

A thorough review determined such a listing was not warranted for the Baking Powder Flat blue butterfly, the bleached sandhill skipper, the Steptoe Valley crescentspot and the White River Valley skipper, said Ted Koch, state supervisor of the agency's Nevada office.

The 12-month review determined the four butterfly subspecies native to the Great Basin in Nevada are not threatened by factors such as livestock grazing, off-highway vehicles, mining and energy development, water development and fire, …

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