Lucky 29?

Federal officials agree to consider protecting certain species

Photo courtesy of state of utah natural resources

An array of imperiled plant species and a few other creatures have a shot at gaining federal protections.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that the agency is planning to conduct research on 20 plants, two insects, six snails, and one fish that may be eligible for protections under the Endangered Species Act, reported The Associated Press.

Fish and Wildlife’s announcement of the 29 creatures being studied is just a fraction of the more than 200 species that environmental groups, including WildEarth Guardians, sought for inclusion on the federal list.

Yellowstone sand verbena, which is found only on beaches of Yellowstone Lake in Wyoming, is one of the plants slated for research. The fish is the Northern leatherside chub (pictured), a minnow native to streams and rivers of the southeastern region of Utah’s Bonneville Basin.