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A rare subspecies of mouse found in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado was recently 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”.  There has been a increased interest in this issue, due to concerns expressed by the grazing community.


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 New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse was listed as an endangered species on June 10, 2014.

o   This rare subspecies is currently found in parts of New Mexico, southern Colorado, and eastern Arizona where there is herbaceous riparian habitat with moist-saturated soils.
o   A designation of critical habitat is expected this year and is likely to include portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves, Lincoln, and Santa Fe National Forests.

  • Livestock grazing is the national forest activity most impacted by the listing of the jumping mouse because of habitat requirements and threats.

o   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.

o   The Forest Service provided extensive comments to U.S. Fish & Wildlife regarding the listing and is actively exploring potential management and monitoring strategies for the jumping mouse. 
o   The Southwestern Region has met with potentially impacted grazing permittees on the three national forests.
o   Regional Forest Service leadership has met with industry groups, including the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association and Northern New Mexico Stockmans Association.
o   The Southwestern Region is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NM Game and Fish Department, the Albuquerque Bio Park Zoo, and universities to develop a captive breeding pilot program.

  • The Forest Service is committed to working with the ranching community on solutions that ensure habitat protection for the jumping mouse while putting range improvements on the ground.