Quest to protect endangered crayfish turns up new species

April 10, 2015 6:34 PM

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Environmental activists say the main threat to the two crayfish is mountaintop coal removal.

What they didn't realize was that the Big Sandy crayfish was actually two different species. Five years later, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is acting on the petition, proposing to protect both the Big Sandy and the newly identified Guyandotte River crayfish.

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