US government seeks comments on pygmy rabbit plan

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EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on changes to its plan for pygmy rabbit recovery in the Columbia Basin.

The changing plan calls for a move away from a captive breeding program and toward releasing wild pygmy rabbits from other areas.

The Wenatchee World says public comments will be accepted until Aug. 15 on the proposed amendment to the 2007 draft recovery plan.

The new draft also seeks to survey the remaining suitable habitat to find out if any wild Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits remain.

Comments can be mailed or emailed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Eastern Washington field office.

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Online:

Pygmy Rabbi species profile: http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A0GG

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com