kitfox resized 600Rincon Consultants was contracted by ECORP Consulting, Inc. to conduct a protocol Early Evaluation for federally Endangered and state Threatened San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) for two solar facilities proposed by SunEdison at Salinas Valley State Prison/Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Monterey County.  The Early Evaluation was completed in accordance with United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) protocol, to evaluate the potential for this species to occupy the site.  Upon review of the Early Evaluation, the USFWS recommended completion of protocol surveys.  The surveys included nocturnal spotlighting, as well as baited camera stations and track plates.  After the 10-day survey effort was completed, no evidence of San Joaquin kit foxes was found.  Many other species were observed though, including burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia), loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus), northern harriers (Circus cyaneus) and American badgers (Taxidea taxus), all of which are state Species of Special Concern.

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