Land along Gulf Coast set aside for beach mice
"It's based on the amount of expected development in beach mouse habitat over 20 years and the cost to developers."
- Janet Mizzi, wildlife service office spokesperson
Mobile, Alabama, USA - Federal wildlife officials have designated 6,200 acres in coastal Alabama and the Florida Panhandle as critical habitat for three endangered beach mouse species
The mice take seeds and acorns into the dunes, which sometimes sprout and grow, leading some scientists to believe the mice may help keep the dunes stable.