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– “The Mazama pocket gopher may have struck again.”
“The little critters, found only in Thurston and Pierce counties, are listed as a threatened species. And that has thrown a monkey wrench into some development plans.
The gopher may now play a part on an access road that could be built to Yelm High School to improve traffic.
If an extensive environmental study is needed because of the gopher, that road could be delayed.
Says Brian Wharton, the Yelm school superintendent, ‘If the study and the work with the city comes back that we need to do a gopher study, that will create a problem,'” quoting by Theron Zahn KOMO-TV 4 News, Seattle.