PERRY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the grotto sculpin, a small, cave-dwelling fish found only in Perry County, Missouri, as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The Service also determined that areas proposed as critical habitat for the species are excluded based on a comprehensive conservation plan developed by Perry County officials and other partners.
Under the Endangered Species Act, endangered means a plant or animal is in danger of becoming extinct. The Act protects listed species from take – harming, killing or harassing – and identifies critical habitat needed by the species to survive. The Act also focuses resources on recovery planning and projects, many in partnership with states, local governments, tribes and conservation groups. The Service’s decision appears in the September 23, Federal Register and becomes effective October 25.