OLYMPIA, Wash. - The federal government could be adding four subspecies of the Mazama pocket gopher to the list of endangered species.
The Mazama pocket gopher is a species of small mammal that makes its home in prairie habitats in Washington and Oregon. They spend a lot of their time underground in tunnels, where they feed on herbs.
The government proposed protection for the four subspecies that exist solely in Washington. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also proposed to designate over 9,000 acres of critical habitat for the gophers in western Washington.
The proposal is open for public comment for 60 days.