Oct 8, 2012 7:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Utah county opposes beetle protection plan

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Kane County officials have come out against the federal government's proposed listing of a beetle found only in Utah as a threatened species, saying it would adversely affect tourism.

Commissioner Dirk Clayson told The Salt Tribune that the county is "completely against" the proposal to designate 2,200 acres of dunes there as "critical habitat" for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle.

He says the proposal to designate up to 70 percent of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes as critical habitat could close the area to all vehicles, and the county questions government data that indicate tiger beetle numbers are dwindling.

Paul Abate of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says he doesn't think any decisions have been made on whether the dunes would be closed to vehicles.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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