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USFWS Declines to Change Status of Plovers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to initiate a status review on a petition to list the Snowy Plover as an endangered species.  The USFWS noted that the petition did not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions were warranted.

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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.

Read more: Draft Recovery Plan for Mexican Spotted Owl Released

Proposal to revise ESA for Eastern Gray Wolf issued

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or USFWS) is re-evaluating the listing of the Minnesota population of gray wolves (Canis lupus) and proposes to revise it to conform to current statutory and policy requirements. FWS proposes to identify the Minnesota population as a Western Great Lakes (WGL) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of the gray wolf and to remove this DPS from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

Read more: Proposal to revise ESA for Eastern Gray Wolf issued

Final Rule on Gray Wolf Reissued

Final Rule To Identify the Northern Rocky Mountain Population of Gray Wolf as a Distinct Population Segment and To Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Reissued

On April 15, 2011, President Obama signed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Appropriations Act, 2011. A section of that Appropriations Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to reissue within 60 days of enactment the final rule published on April 2, 2009, that identified the Northern Rocky Mountain population of gray wolf (Canis lupus) as a distinct population segment (DPS) and to revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife by removing most of the gray wolves in the DPS. This rule complies with that directive. DATES: This action is effective May 5, 2011.

Read more: Final Rule on Gray Wolf Reissued

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