Against the advice of scientists and conservationists, the Bush Administration officially took the West Virginia Flying Squirrel off the Endangered Species List. The subspecies that lives in the highest peaks of West Virginia and the western mountains of Virginia is as old as the mastadons. Removing protection not only puts the squirrel in danger, it also makes it easier for developers, miners, and loggers to target lands where the squirrel lives, since they will no longer have to submit to Endangered Species Act reviews.

Read more here.