Politics & Government

April 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Gophers found in Thurston and Pierce counties to be added to endangered species list

After more than a decade of debate, environmental studies and lawsuits, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials plan Wednesday to list four subspecies of Mazama pocket gophers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A threatened species is one that’s likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future if steps aren’t taken to protect it.

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