Limestone Co. fish placed on endangered species list

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAAY) - An endangered fish that exists in only one place on the planet is being protected.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that Limestone County's spring pygmy sunfish is now protected under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also said it plans to designate eight stream miles and more than 1,600 acres of habitat around the fish's home, Beaverdam Creek, a protected critical habitat.

According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the sunfish was discovered in 1937 and was believed to be extinct twice over the years. It also existed at one point in two other locations: Cave Springs and Pryor Springs.