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Navy credited with recovery of island night lizards

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LOS ANGELES — In what is being hailed as an environmental victory for the U.S. Navy, the island night lizard has been taken off the list of federally endangered species.

An estimated 21.3 million night lizards occupy 21-mile-long San Clemente Island off the coast of Southern California, one of the highest densities of any lizard on earth, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week.

The population number is especially significant because the 57-square-mile volcanic isle, about 75 miles…

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