High-speed rail project disrupts endangered fox

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Federal authorities say California's $68 billion high-speed rail project could harm the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

The Fresno Bee reports that the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the Federal Railroad Administration are out of compliance with environmental commitments for building the bullet-train line in the Fresno-Madera area.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claims a contractor's preliminary work infringed on habitat for the fox.

The contractor denies those claims.

The San Joaquin kit fox has been on the endangered species list since 1967.
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