One little-known and seldom-seen species with Tacoma in its name has gone the way of the dodo. That’s the news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Tacoma Pocket Gopher, a subspecies of the Mazama pocket gopher, was on the list to be considered for endangered species status when it went extinct.
Four other species of Mazama pocket gopher are on the list to be considered for endangered status. If these relatives of the Tacoma pocket gopher are listed, more than 9,000 acres of prairie land in Pierce and Thurston counties and JBLM would be identified as critical habitat, limiting their use. The gophers share their habitat with two other endangered species – the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly and the streaked horned lark – as well as with some human neighbors.
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, “The last records of Tacoma pocket gophers, [T.m. tacomensis] were of individuals killed by domestic cats.”
Farewell Tacoma Pocket Gopher, we hardly knew you.