There are many issues concerning threatened and endangered species in the San Luis Valley.
Below we offer information and links to pertinent information regarding a sampling of animals of current concern.
For a look at all T & E species go to this site.
GUNNISON SAGE GROUSE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed its extended comment period on March 31, 2014 to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a threatened and endangered species. The FWA will annonunce its decision on whether to list the bird in November of this year.
For more information click on this link.
Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout
Black Footed Ferret
The black footed ferret seems to have a limited presence in the San Luis Valley although there have been several unconfirmed sightings over the years. Here is a link to get further information. Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requested input on a program for ranchers to host habitat for ferret recovery. Click here for the news story.
The San Luis Valley was chosen as a reintroduction zone to restore Canada lynx in 2001. The Wolf Creek Pass area hosted release of numerous lynx numbers and now seems to have a stable population.
For more information please go to this link.
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher/ Yellow- Billed Cuckoo
These two bird species are linked because they share adjacent riparian habitats that are shrinking in the Southwest and have populations in jeopardy. To protect and enhance one type of bird will have the potential to benefit the other.
The San Luis Valley has extensive riparian areas that host these birds and areas suitable for species expansion. Due to federal regulations for these birds the Valley, sponsored by water users, initiated its own program to ensure habitat protection. The program is called Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Here is a local news story on the latest developments. For in-depth dialogue on concerns for these species start on this link.
Southwest Willow Flycatcher
Yellow Billed Cuckoo