WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the dunes sagebrush lizard does not need the protection of the Endangered Species Act because unprecedented voluntary conservation agreements now in place in New Mexico and Texas will ensure the long-term protection and recovery of the species. The Service is therefore withdrawing its proposal to add the lizard to the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act, according to a June 13 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news release. . . .
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