Federal Agency Delays Decision on West Texas Lizard

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put off a decision on whether to declare the dunes sagebrush lizard, which lives in West Texas and eastern New Mexico, an endangered species.

Instead, the agency plans on getting a six-month extension to gather more scientific evidence and public comments, according to a statement released today.

Bill Hammond, president and chief executive of the Texas Association of Business, pronounced himself "pleased" with the decision. He said in a statement that he hoped the delay "will end with a decision that will not severely impact jobs and job creation in West Texas ...

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