Humpback Chub might be removed from endangered species list

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - One of the Colorado River’s native fish species might be moved off of the endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to reclassify the Humpback Chub as “threatened” rather than endangered thanks to recovery efforts. They cite population gains and control of non-native predatory fish. While this seems like a step in the right direction for the fish, some environmental groups aren’t so sure.

“We think that this fish still needs the highest level of available protection from even accidental kills. Putting it in threatened rather than endangered status moves it one step closer to complete de-listing,” says senior public lands campaigner Taylor McKinnon.

The humpback chub was initially placed on the endangered species list in 1967.