House Committee Hears Debate on Jumping Mouse

Greeley, CO – Plenty of criticism Monday at a U-S House committee field hearing on the Preble's jumping mouse.
Critics say the mouse shouldn't be protected by the Endangered Species Act. Republican Richard Pombo of California says the mouse found in Colorado and Wyoming illustrates what's wrong with the
The hearing was initiated by Colorado Republican Marilyn Musgrave.
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is considering taking the mouse off the endangered list. The decision could affect nearly 31-thousand acres in Colorado and Wyoming designated as critical habitat.
There is fierce debate over whether the mouse is a distinct creature with a dwindling population -- or is relatively common and thus unworthy of federal protection.