Streaked Horned Lark

Close-up of streaked horned lark, with its brown-colored body and distinctive yellow and black head, in Corvallis, Oregon, May 21, 2014. USFWS photo: David Leonard

Two environmental organizations have sent a letter of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), claiming the agency failed to adequately protect the streaked horned lark by ignoring science and providing an exemption to allow agricultural activities.

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Audubon Society of Portland said USFWS violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by listing the lark as threatened rather than endangered, failing to use the best available science and issuing a 4(d) rule exemption to allow take in certain areas. 

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