PHOENIX -- The flat-tailed horned lizard, an imperiled Sonoran Desert critter that looks like a mini dinosaur, will soon get a day in court with its attorneys arguing for Endangered Species Act protection. Bush's lawyers and Interior Dept. will argue it should not be protected.
The feds, going back to Clinton, won't protect this great animal from extinction. The flat-tailed horned lizard lives in low dunes of Yuma, Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego Counties and is threatened by off-road vehicles, urban sprawl, border militarization, and agriculture.
Environmental groups, including the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, are working in court to win protection for the lizard to save it from extinction.