Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Let's Go Fishin'!

The giant Palouse earthworm will not be listed as an endangered species. Hallelujah! This decision, on the heels of the Washington Department of Ecology's approval of the Hawkins water transfer approvals, puts this week off to a great start. From the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Giant Palouse Earthworm as Threatened or Endangered
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of 90-day petition finding.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the giant Palouse earthworm (Driloleirus americanus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We find that the petition does not provide substantial scientific or commercial information to indicate that listing the giant Palouse earthworm may be warranted. Therefore, we will not be initiating a status review in response to this petition. However, we encourage the public to submit to us any new information that becomes available concerning this species.


Michael said...

I wonder if I can catch a giant catfish with a giant earthworm.

Which brings me to another point. We never run out of economically useful animals. Perhaps if somebody wants to preserve the Giant Palouse Earthworm, then why not start a worm farm and sell them as fishbait?

Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

Michael: "I wonder if I can catch a giant catfish with a giant earthworm."

I'm pretty sure that they only make good moonbat bait.