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Flat-tailed horned lizard wins 1-year reprieve from urban encroachment

Flat-tailed horned lizard wins 1-year reprieve from urban encroachment

A squat lizard with dragon-like head spines won a temporary reprieve from encroachment by urban development and alternative energy facilities on Thursday when California’s Fish and Game Commission declared it a candidate for protection under the state Endangered Species Act. With the flat-tailed horned lizard declared a candidate species, it is against the law to kill, harm or capture one without state authorization, pending completion of a one-year study to determine whether permanent protection is warranted. “One year of protection is a good first step,” said Ileene Anderson, a scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, which petitioned the commission to...

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