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On the Texas-Mexico border, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gives an owl protected status, seeks to declare two mussel species endangered

Wildlife groups have long lobbied for increased protection for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl. The agency says the mussels species are threatened by reduced flow and poor water quality in the Rio Grande.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, which lives in South Texas, Arizona and Mexico, as a threatened species. This owl was photographed in Costa Rica.

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