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ENDANGERED FRESHWATER MUSSELS
US Fish and Wildlife designates 2 mussel species as endangered, marks critical habitat
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:01 AM EDT
Two species of freshwater mussels have been designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Under the Endangered Species Act, it's illegal to kill, harm or "take" a listed species.
Fish and Wildlife evaluated factors that could cause extinction in deciding to list the mussels.
The agency says both mussels have a small number of populations that are considered biologically viable.