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March 5, 1999
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Lee Carlson (303) 275-2370

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Conservation Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife will reopen the comment period for an additional 45 days on its proposal to establish special regulations for the conservation of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, a rare mammal known to occur only in eastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

The official dates of the extended comment period will be determined when the notification is published in the Federal Register next week. A news release will be issued announcing the dates of the extension.

On May 13, 1998, the Service published a final rule to list the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. On December 3, 1998, the Service proposed a special rule under 4(d) of the Act to establish standards for the conservation of the Preble’s for 18 months.

Some revisions have been made to the geographic locations of Mouse Protection Areas and Potential Mouse Protection Areas described in the December 3, 1998 proposed rule. These revisions are based on the best scientific information that is currently available are maintained by the Service at addresses provided below. These geographic locations can be viewed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Field Office, 755 Parfet Street, Suite 361, Lakewood, Colorado, telephone 303/275-2370 or at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Field Office, 4000 Morrie Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001, telephone 307/722-2374. Depictions of these geographic locations are also available on our internet home page (www.r6.fws.gov/preble).


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