- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government has announced a proposal to designate an area near a proposed mine south of Tucson as a critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo.

The planned Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains has faced seven years worth of delays. In May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would restart a review examining the project’s effects on endangered species after it discovered an ocelot living in the area.

The agency has now proposed that a large area in the upper Cienega Creek be designated a critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. The bird has been proposed as an endangered species.

Conservationists say the creek is home to dozens of species that would be adversely affected by the mine.

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