OKLAHOMA CITY (AP/KSNW) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a small minnow-like fish known as the peppered chub as an endangered species and designate parts of rivers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico as its critical habitat.
The proposed critical habitat designation includes approximately 1,068 river miles in the four states, including portions of the Cimarron River and the Ninnescah River in Kansas.
The agency on Tuesday published the proposal in the Federal Register. The proposal says the fish, once found in each of the four states and in Colorado, is now found only in one river from New Mexico into Texas and rivers in Kansas and Oklahoma must also be protected to ensure they could be relocated, if necessary, to prevent extinction.
To read the full report in the Federal Register, visit: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Status for the Peppered Chub and Designation of Critical Habitat.
The public is invited to comment and submit information for 60 days. The link also includes how to do that.