More habitat is sought for cave critters 01/15/2009 By Anton Caputo Express-News (San Antonio)
The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the federal government in an effort to win more critical habitat for 18 endangered species, including 12 found in or near Bexar County.
The lawsuits filed Wednesday are the latest in a series of legal actions by environmental groups to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's hand in using critical habitat to protect endangered species.
In the case of the species included in the suits, critical habitat was granted but usually in amounts far less than that recommended by federal biologists. The Center for Biological Diversity contends that was due to political influence by the Bush administration.
“Hopefully, with the new administration, we have an administration that will take its duty for endangered species more seriously,” said Noah Greenwald, the group's biodiversity program director.