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SPOKANE, Wash. -- There won't be any endangered species protection for the giant Palouse earthworm in the immediate future.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week affirmed a lower court ruling that found there is not enough evidence to prove the worm is threatenend. The appeals found that virtually all information about the elusive worm is limited and inconclusive.

In April, living specimens of the worm were captured for the first time in two decades. Environmentalists have filed a new petition seeking endangered species protection.

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