Endangered animal species in California, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rare footage of the threatened Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, recorded at Wildlands’ River Ranch Conservation Bank in Yolo County, California.

Associated Press reports:

Oct. 3, 2006 —The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pulled two species from the endangered list on Monday and recommended that four be downlisted from endangered to threatened, saying there’s been much progress toward wildlife recovery in California.

The valley elderberry longhorn beetles and the island night lizards that live in San Clemente Island were taken off the list.

The Morro shoulderband snail, the Smith’s blue butterfly, the least Bells vireo and the California least tern were recommended for downlisting from endangered to threatened.

There was no change in status for the other six species reviewed.

The announcement comes at the end of the mandatory reviews that listed species undergo every five years.The agency also designated more than 150,000 acres in four California counties as critical for the survival of the threatened Alameda whipsnake, which is in trouble because of heavy development in the scrubland where it lives.

An estimated 21.3 million night lizards occupy 21-mile-long San Clemente Island off the coast of Southern California, one of the highest densities of any lizard on earth, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week: here.

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