Wed August 31, 2011
Evacaution for Endangered Species Not Yet Necessary
The ongoing drought has been hurting Central Texas endangered species. Threatened salamanders, beetles, fish and other animals may be evacuated from the San Marcos River and Comal Springs. But that wouldn't happen until at least next year, if it happens at all.
Bill Seawell is a biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Austin. He says the evacuations have happened before, in 1989 and again in 1996, and they're hoping they don't have to do it again.
"At San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center they are maintaining, continuously, smaller stocks of all the listed species. So this would be more of a last ditch salvage operation," Seawell told KUT News.
If the endangered species did need to be evacuated, it probably wouldn't happen till next year. And conditions would have to get much worse before the evacuations would begin. State and national fish and wildlife officials would join teams from Texas State, zoos and non-governmental organizations would help move the wildlife to the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery.