Tiger beetle’s fate may hang in critical habitat designation
By Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star May 3, 2009
Just how much critical habitat or land does the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle need to survive?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 1,933 acres. Some scientists say at least 15,000 acres, and 36,000 acres would be even better.
The critical habitat issue could decide the fate of the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle population north of Lincoln. Surveys show 263 Salt Creek tiger beetles existed in 2008, down from 777 in 2000. Biologists cite the loss of critical habitat as the main reason for the decline…