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Draft Recovery Plan for Mexican Spotted Owl Released

The Fish and Wildlife Service has released the draft recovery plan for the Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis lucida). This species occurs in the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, south through the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental in Mexico. The FWS invites review and comment on the plan from local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public. They will also accept any new information on the status of the Mexican spotted owl throughout its range to assist in finalizing the revised recovery plan.

Original recovery plan for the Mexican spotted owl was completed and announced on October 16, 1995. However, updates on status information and experience in implementing the original recovery plan led to a determination that revision is warranted.

All written comments must be received on or before August 23, 2011.

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