Yesterday, the Federal Register published a notice on the petition to list the Sacramento Valley tiger beetle (Cicindela hirticollis abrupta) as an endangered specis under the Endangered Species Act. This insect was found only in the northern Central Valley of California. The petition was denied because intensive surveys for the animal failed to located any extant populations. The species probably became extinct in the late 1980s or early 1990s when water flows from the Oroville Dam on the Feather River flooded the last remaining population.
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