Recovery Plan for the St. Andrew Beach Mouse

By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Release
By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Release

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the St.
Andrew Beach Mouse Recovery Plan. The plan is a guidance document for federal, state, and local governments and private landowners to help achieve recovery of the federally protected species.

The St. Andrew beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus peninsularis) is one of five subspecies of beach mice that inhabit the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. There are two populations of the St. Andrew beach mouse: East Crooked Island, Bay County, and St. Joseph Peninsula, Gulf County, Florida.

The plan provides a framework for the recovery of the St. Andrew beach mouse, so that protection under the Act is no longer necessary. It presents criteria for reclassifying and delisting the beach mouse. As these criteria are met, the status of the species will be reviewed and it will be considered for reclassification or removal from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

Some examples of recovery activities in this plan that can be
implemented to help the St. Andrew beach mouse are: restoring dune
systems on public lands, investigating and possibly controlling
non-native predators, and working with partners to evaluate dune
crossovers.

Achieving long-term viability of the St. Andrew beach mouse will depend
upon maintaining existing populations, establishing additional
populations throughout its historic range, and removing or minimizing
those known threats so that existing and reestablished populations can
survive and persist in the wild. This recovery plan outlines how this
will be accomplished through recovery actions that address the known
threats to the St. Andrew beach mouse. The recovery of this subspecies
will depend on the partnership and cooperation of multiple federal,
state, and local governments and private landowners.

The St. Andrew beach mouse was federally listed as endangered on
December 18, 1998 under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as
amended. The St. Andrew beach mouse lives in the primary, secondary,
and scrub dunes within the coastal ecosystem. Beach mice need well
developed dune systems to live. They dig their burrows into the face of
the dunes near vegetative cover and eat seeds and fruits of plants
within their dune habitat, with insects providing seasonal supplements.

View the plan on the Internet at
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2010_register&
docid=fr28de10-138

Need a copy of the plan? Call 850/769-0552 to request a copy or send a written request to the Panama City Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1601 Balboa Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32405.


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