- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Federal biologists have decided that no Endangered Species Act protections are warranted for coastal populations of the Pacific marten, a forest predator that is a relative of the weasel.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it looked at the harmful effects of wildfire, climate change, logging, development, trapping and exposure to rat poisons at marijuana plantations, and none of those rose to the level individually, or cumulatively, of warranting a listing.

Coastal populations of Pacific marten stretch from the Columbia River to Sonoma County in Northern California.

Conservation groups sought the listing and say that finding is not supported by the science.

Tierra Curry, senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, says the group will look into suing to overturn the finding.


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