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The NM meadow jumping mouse (jumping mouse) is a rare subspecies found in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado was listed as endangered by the USFWS, with an effective date of July 10, 2014.  Listing was attributed to “significant reduction in occupied localities likely due to cumulative habitat loss and fragmentation across the range”.  Critical habitat was designated on March 16, 2016, with an effective date of April 15, 2016.  To date, there have been numerous meetings and field trips among U.S Forest Service (USFS) employees, permittees, Office of General Council members, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and various State officials and representatives in an effort to assure protection of jumping mouse habitat while still providing adequate water resources to livestock.


NM Meadow Jumping Mouse

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Frey


  • Sharing information and receiving input and comments from the public and effected permit holders,
  • Uphold the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) obligation to the Endangered Species Act and ensure NM Meadow Jumping Mouse protection and compliance,
  • Balance multiple uses within our National Forests in a manner that allows for short and long term conditions that will improve riparian resources,
  • Identify management solutions that will provide for existing uses to continue in a manner that is sustainable to the ecosystem and to future generations.


  • The jumping mouse was listed as an endangered species on June 10, 2014, and critical habitat was designated on March 16, 2016.
  • This rare subspecies is currently found in parts of New Mexico, southern Colorado, and eastern Arizona where there is tall herbaceous riparian habitat with moist-saturated soils.
  • Critical habitat includes portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests.
  • Threats to the jumping mouse include grazing pressure, water management and use, lack of water due to drought, wildfires, and recreation activities within suitable and proposed critical habitat.


  • The Forest Service has worked extensively with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the ranching community in preparation for the listing, and ESA consultations post listing..
  • The Forest Service provided extensive comments to USFWS regarding the listing and is actively exploring potential management and monitoring strategies for the jumping mouse.
  • The Southwestern Region has met with potentially impacted grazing permittees on the three national forests, and have included them as Applicants for the ESA consultations involving grazing.
  • Regional USFS leadership has met with industry groups, including the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association and Northern New Mexico Stockmans Association.
  • The Southwestern Region is partnering with the USFS, NM Game and Fish Department, the Albuquerque Bio Park Zoo, and universities to develop a captive breeding pilot program.