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US: Weasel-Like Mammal Endangered In Southern Sierra Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The newest addition to the U.S. list of endangered species will be a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines.

Effective June 15, the Fish and Wildlife Service is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon.

It's part of a controversy that stretches over three decades and five administrations. The service says the southern population from Yosemite National Park to near Los Angeles is in danger of extinction.

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It says protection isn't warranted in the Sierra north of Reno or along the California coast from San Francisco into southern Oregon.