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Service Announces Initial Findings on 29 Endangered Species Act Petitions

March 15, 2016

Contact(s):

Brian Hires, brian_hires@fws.gov, 703-358-2191 



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed initial reviews of 29 petitions to list, delist or reclassify species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Thirteen of these petitions to list species and two to delist species do not present substantial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. The Service will take no further actions on these petitions. The 16 substantial findings in this batch represent only the first step in a rigorous process by which we will ultimately determine whether the species warrants listing, delisting or reclassification under the ESA.

The not substantial petition findings are for the Acuna cactus, Arizona night lizard, Arizona wetsalts tiger beetle, Bezy's night lizard, Cheoah bald salamander, Cow Knob salamander, MacDougal's yellowtops, Monito skink, Navasota ladies-tresses (delist petition), Patagonia eyed silkmoth, reticulate collared lizard, South Mountain gray-cheeked salamander and southern dusky salamander.  

Of the 16 petitions with substantial information that the petitioned action may be warranted, 12 are petitions to list species, three are petitions to delist species and one petition is to uplist a species from Threatened to Endangered. Eight of these species occur within the United States: American burying beetle (delist), Deseret milkvetch (delist), Leoncita false-foxglove, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker, Southwestern willow flycatcher (delist), western bumble bee and yellow-banded bumble bee. The remaining eight findings are for foreign species: African elephant (uplist), Chinese pangolin, giant ground pangolin, Indian pangolin, long-tailed pangolin, Philippine pangolin, Sunda pangolin and tree pangolin. The Service will initiate status reviews for these species.

To ensure that our status reviews are comprehensive, the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding these 16 species. Based on the status reviews, we will issue findings on the petitions that address whether the petitioned action is warranted.

A summary of all findings is included below, along with separate docket numbers and links (all species represent petitions for listing unless otherwise noted):

Not-substantial petition findings – no further status review

Species

Range

Docket Number

Docket link

Acuna cactus

AZ, Mexico

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0025

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0025

Arizona night lizard

AZ

FWS–R2–ES–2015–0075

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0075

Arizona wetsalts tiger beetle

AZ, UT

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0027

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0027

Bezy's night lizard

AZ

FWS–R2–ES–2015–0076

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0076

Cheoah bald salamander

NC

FWS–R4–ES–2015–0081

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0081

Cow Knob or white-spotted salamander

VA, WV

FWS–R5–ES–2015–0084

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0084

MacDougal’s yellowtops

AZ

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0033

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0033

Monito skink

PR

FWS–R4–ES–2016–0034

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2016-0034

Navasota ladies-tresses – delist petition

TX

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0035

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0035

Patagonia eyed silkmoth

AZ, Mexico

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0036

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0036

Reticulate collared lizard

TX

FWS–R2–ES–2015–0109

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0109

South Mountain gray-cheeked salamander

NC

FWS–R4–ES–2015–0117

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0117

Southern dusky salamander

TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, VA

FWS–R4–ES–2016–0038

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2016-0038 

 

Substantial petition findings – status review initiated

Species

Range

Docket number

Docket link

African elephant – uplist petition

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0010

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0010   

American burying beetle – delist petition

AR, KS, OK, MA, NE, OH, RI, SD TX

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0011

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0011

Deseret milkvetch – delist petition

UT

FWS–R6–ES–2016–0013

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2016-0013

Leoncita false-foxglove

NM, TX, Mexico

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0016

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0016

Pangolin, Chinese

India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, Viet Nam, Thailand, Myanmar

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0012

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0012

Pangolin, giant

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0014

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0014

Pangolin, Indian

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0015

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0015

Pangolin, long-tailed

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo,  Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0017

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0017

Pangolin, Philippine

Philippines

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0018

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0018

Pangolin, Sunda

Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0021

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0021

Pangolin, tree

Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia

FWS–HQ–ES–2016–0022

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0022

Rio Grande chub

NM, TX

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0019

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0019

Rio Grande sucker

CO, NM, Mexico

FWS–R2–ES–2016–0020

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2016-0020

Southwestern willow flycatcher – delist petition

AZ

 

 

Western bumble bee

AZ, AK, CA, CO, ID, MT, NE, NM, ND, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY, and western Canada.

FWS–R6–ES–2016–0023

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2016-0023

Yellow-banded bumble bee

CT, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, Canada (Nova Scotia, New Foundland, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia)

FWS–R5–ES–2016–0024

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2016-0024 

 

The notice for all 29 findings will be available in the Federal Register Reading Room on March 15, 2016, and is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection by clicking on the 2016 Notices link under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. With this announcement, the Service is opening a 60-day comment period for the substantial findings. Complete instructions for submitting comments are provided in the Federal Register notice. Information can be submitted via www.regulations.gov from the date of publication in the Federal Register until May 16, 2016; after that time, information must be submitted to the address given in the Federal Register notice.

For more information on the ESA listing process, including 90-day findings and status reviews, go to www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/listing.pdf. To learn more about the ESA and foreign species, visit our Branch of Foreign Species webpage at: www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/international-activities.html.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for fish, wildlife and plants and has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species, as well as promoting the recovery of many others. The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.


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