Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

December 3, 2007

Contact:  Sharon Rose 303-236-4580

Diane Katzenberger 303-236-4578

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED IN COLORADO AND WYOMING REGARDING THE PREBLE’S MEADOW JUMPING MOUSE AMENDED LISTING PROPOSAL

 

Hearings Scheduled for Lakewood, Colorado and Wheatland, Wyoming

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host public hearings in Wyoming and Colorado to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on a proposal by the Service to remove the Wyoming populations of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act.  The Service is also proposing to amend the Preble’s listing to indicate that the subspecies remains threatened in Colorado where it should remain protected.

 

Oral and written comments will also be accepted at the following scheduled public hearings.  The public hearings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. preceded by an informational open house from 4:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.

 

December 10, 2007:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office

                                          134 Union Boulevard

                                          Lakewood, Colorado

 

December 12, 2007:       First State Bank Conference Center

                                          1405 16th Street

                                          Wheatland, Wyoming

 

Written comments can be sent to the Field Supervisor, Colorado Field Office, Ecological Services, P.O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225, or hand delivered to the Colorado Field Office at 134 Union Boulevard, Suite 670, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.  Comments may also be faxed to 303-236-4005 or sent by electronic mail to FW6_PMJM@fws.gov. All comments will be accepted until January 22, 2008.

 

The Service’s proposals and other materials are available on our web site at:  http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/preble.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

 

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