CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says the Obama administration is taking a serious misstep with a decision that could mean wider protection for endangered species. The U.S. Interior Department has dropped a Bush administration policy that allowed special protection for a species in one state but not in another neighboring state.
The Bush policy resulted in situations like the case of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which is protected in Colorado but not Wyoming. Mead says there have to be "logical boundaries defining a species' range and at times a border is appropriate." Environmental groups contend the mouse should be listed in Wyoming as well, and they hope the policy change results in restoring protection for the mouse in Wyoming.