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Feds propose Utah beetle as threatened species

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The federal government has proposed listing a beetle found only in Utah as a threatened species.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The federal government has proposed listing a beetle found only in Utah as a threatened species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has proposed designating 2,276 acres west of Kanab as habitat for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle.

Environmentalists have criticized the government for failing to protect the beetle from off-road vehicles, saying they crush the beetles and degrade their habitat. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance first sought endangered species protection for the beetle in 1994.

Fred Hayes of the Utah State Parks and Recreation Division tells the Deseret News that off-road vehicles provide revenue for Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park and allow the state to manage the park and off-road vehicle use.

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Information from: Deseret News

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