Critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida).
Critical Habitat for the Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis
lucida) A July 21 proposal would designate nearly 13.5 million acres
(5.5 million ha) in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah as critical
habitat for a threatened bird, the Mexican spotted owl. Approximately 90
percent of the proposed acreage is federally managed land and the other
10 percent is comprised of Tribal land. No private or state lands were
included in the proposal. Within these broad boundaries, however, we
will require ESA consultation only in those areas that contain suitable
habitat for the owl; towns and other developed areas would not be
considered critical habitat.