By Jim Steinberg
An environmental group Thursday has filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the rare, truffle-eating San Bernardino flying squirrel.
The mostly nocturnal squirrel, with wingsuit-like flaps between their wrists and ankles, has lost half its range, due in part to global warming, said Shaye Wolf, a biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity.
“They urgently need Endangered Species Act protection to survive in Southern California’s mountains,” said Shaye Wolf, the center’s climate science director.
The San Bernardino flying squirrel has been historically found in the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains but there have been no confirmed sightings in the San Jacinto range for several decades, Wolf said.
The squirrels can fly from treetop to treetop for a distance of up to 100 yards, Wolf said.