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April 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Gophers found in Thurston and Pierce counties to be added to endangered species list

After more than a decade of debate, environmental studies and lawsuits, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Tuesday plans to list four subspecies of Mazama pocket gophers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A threatened species is one that’s likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future if steps aren’t taken to protect it.

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