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Action timeline

April 27, 2011 – The Center petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Sierra Nevada red fox as a threatened or endangered subspecies under the Endangered Species Act, as well as to designate protected critical habitat.

December 30, 2011 – In response to our petition, the Service announced it would begin a full status review on whether the Sierra Nevada red fox warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

January 16, 2013 – When the Service failed to protect the fox, we filed a  notice of intent to sue.

September 23, 2013 – The Center reached a legal agreement requiring the Fish and Wildlife Service to make a decision on Endangered Species Act protection for the Sierra Nevada red fox by 2015.

Sierra Nevada red fox photo by Keith Slausen, U.S. Forest Service