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Mohave Ground Squirrel 5-Year Species Review - How You Can Help
  • August 30, 2023

A small, tan, juvenile squirrel in front of a burrow on sandy soil and surrounded by desert plants
Mohave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis).
Photo credit: Mark Allaback, Biosearch Environmental Consulting

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has initiated a five-year species review for the state threatened Mohave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis) to inform the California Fish and Game Commission's decision on whether to retain or change the status of the species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). As part of this process, the CNDDB would like to encourage anyone who has observed Mohave ground squirrel to submit their findings to us. People who have questions or comments about the review process should email the Wildlife Diversity Program and include “Mohave ground squirrel” in the subject line. The deadline to submit data and comments is October 28, 2023, to allow sufficient time for evaluation.

The Mohave ground squirrel is a small rodent endemic to the western Mojave Desert of California and has one of the smallest geographic ranges of any North American ground squirrel. It was listed under the original enactment of CESA in 1971. The purpose of a five-year species review is to use the best scientific information available to determine if the conditions that led to the original species listing are still present or have changed since listing and recommend retaining or changing the status of the species (Fish & G. Code, §§ 2072.3 & 2077). Process information, along with recently completed reviews, are available on our web page for Five-Year Reviews of Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species. Take of this species is prohibited without an appropriate permit for scientific, educational or management purposes. For more information on permitting, visit our CESA permits web page.

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