Posted: Apr 27, 2010 7:26 AM by Associated Press
Federal officials have rejected a petition seeking protection for a small moth-like insect found known to exist in only three sites: two in Colorado and one in New Mexico.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says based on its review, it doesn't believe the Susan's purse-making caddisfly is in danger of going extinct. The agency said Monday that the insect doesn't warrant protection under the Endangered species Act.
Conservation groups sought protection for the caddisfly, found only at a spring in Chaffee County and a creek in Park County in Colorado and at Jaramillo Creek in Valles Caldera National Preserve
in New Mexico.
The groups say the caddisfly is endangered by livestock grazing, logging, development and depleted springs.