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By Al Everson
posted May 22, 2013 - 9:57:58am
Environmentalists are urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake under the Endangered Species Act.
No action is expected before 2017.
"We are years away," said Tom McKenzie, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Atlanta. "There's a lot of information pro and con. It's not a done deal either way."
The rattlesnake is not the only animal people want protected.
"We have a limited staff and a lot of requests," McKenzie said.
The determined group of petitioners — including the Center for Biological Diversity, of Circle Pines, Minn., and the Coastal Plains Institute, of Tallahassee — have warned they may sue the federal agency to hasten a decision.
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