Groups representing mining and other industries have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, part of a coordinated attempt to chip away at the Endangered Species Act species by species. Western Yellow-billed Cuckoos are only found in a fraction of their former range in the American West.
Driving their decline is the loss of more than 90 percent of their breeding habitat—the cottonwood and willow forests that once lined the banks of many western rivers. They have a limited range, low population, and are extremely vulnerable to the continued risks of losing river flows that create the habitats on which they depend.
Send your comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them to reject efforts to delist the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and to undermine the Endangered Species Act.
To whom it may concern:
As someone who cares deeply about America's natural heritage, I am writing to express my opposition to the current effort to remove the Western Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo from the protections it currently has under the Endangered Species Act. The western DPS of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo) should retain its listing as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act. I urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reject the delisting petition and issue a negative 12-month finding.
The species is listed as endangered in California, critically imperiled in Nevada, sensitive in Utah, and of concern or of greatest conservation need in seven additional western states (especially in the Colorado River Basin). Based on a summary of recent surveys coordinated by various state and federal agencies, less than 2,000 breeding pairs of the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo exist throughout its range. Furthermore, regional populations of the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo have estimated median declines of more than 2 percent each year since the 1960s. Declines in the West due to habitat loss and other factors continue, and, having only been listed as a Threatened Species for a little more than four years ago, there has not been enough time to prove the population has recovered or warrant delisting. Additionally, data gaps in the population suggest that more information is needed in order to make an informed decision on the status of this species.
Again, please reject this delisting petition. Thank you for considering my comments.
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