Mudpuppies Declined Endangered Species Listing
Submitted by: Lauren Swanson
Submitted on: 2012-03-30
The native mudpuppy, a large salamander that lives in rivers along Lake Champlain, was denied a spot on Vermont's Endangered Species List for the second time since 2002. The Endangered Species Committee and Natural Resource Secretary Deb Markowitz are in disagreement on whether significant data exists to warrant protection for the salamander. The mudpuppy's primary threat is lampricide, a pesticide used to kill parasitic sea lamprey. Conservation Correspondent Bridget Butler talks with Secretary Markowitz and UVM Zoology Professor Bill Kilpatrick about the controversial listing.
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