Wildlife officials seek protection for rare fish

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Greene County's Little Chucky Creek is likely the only place in the world where the endangered Chucky Madtom lives.

The small, elusive catfish hasn't been sighted since 2004, but U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists believe it still survives in limited numbers. That's why the agency wants to designate 20 miles of the creek as "critical habitat," according to The Greeneville Sun (http://bit.ly/qtNzGj).

The designation doesn't affect land ownership or establish some type of conservation area. It does restrict federally funded projects, requiring federal agents to ensure that any action does not result in the destruction of the fish's habitat.

The designation was proposed in the federal register on Oct. 12. Members of the public have until Dec. 12 to comment.

Information from: The Greeneville Sun, http://www.greenevillesun.com

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