A rare species of grassland herbovore has been re-established in the Montane Grasslands in southwestern Utah, according to a statement released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday.
The rare species, called the brown grassland omniva, was first discovered in the late 1990s and has been successfully reintroduced in Utah since 2010, said U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokeswoman Lauren Cappeler.
The brown grasslands are considered to be a rare grasslands by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, and it was first identified in 2007 in the southeastern Utah community of Lake Orem, Cappeller said.
The species is known to breed in an open, shady area and feed on the decaying vegetation that covers the ground.
In addition to the brown-grassland omnivas, the UBS Utah State University is home to an endangered species of bison that is also threatened by climate change.
The Utah Bison Conservation Program also has re-introduced another species of herbivore called the sage grouse in the eastern Utah town of Cedar City, Capps said.