Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Findings for 17 Endangered Species Act Petitions

January 11, 2016

Contact(s):

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



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed initial reviews for 17 petitions to list or delist species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that six petitions did not present substantial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, we will not take further action to on the petitions for these species.  The six petitions include: one to delist the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear and another to uplist it from threatened to endangered; and petitions to list the Colorado Desert fringe-toed lizard; Kings River slender salamander; sandstone night lizard; and the Yellowstone bison.

In response to 11 petitions, the Service is initiating 12-month status reviews on the Culebra skink, Great Basin silverspot butterfly, Greater Saint Croix skink, Greater Virgin Islands skink, lesser Saint Croix skink, Mona skink, narrow-footed diving beetle, Northern Rocky Mountain DPS of fisher, Puerto Rico skink, Scott riffle beetle and the Virgin Island bronze skink to determine whether the petitioned actions to list these species are warranted. To ensure that these status reviews are comprehensive, we request scientific and commercial data and other information regarding these species.

A summary of all findings is included below, along with separate docket numbers:

Not-substantial petition findings – no further status review

Species

Range

Docket Number

Docket link

Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear (uplist)

ID, MT

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082

Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear (delist)

ID, MT

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0174

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0174

Colorado desert fringe-toed lizard

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082

Kings River slender salamander

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0094

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0094

Sandstone night lizard

CA

FWS-R8-ES-2015-0113

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0113

Yellowstone bison

WY

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0123

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0123

 

 

Substantial petition findings – status review initiated

Species

Range

Docket number

Docket link

Culebra skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0085

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0085

Great basin silverspot butterfly

CO, UT

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0089

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0089

Greater Saint Croix skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0090

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0090

Greater Virgin Islands skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0091

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0091

Lesser Saint Croix Skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0096

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0096

Mona skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0100

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0100

Narrow-footed diving beetle

WY

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0102

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0102

Northern Rocky Mtn. DPS of Fisher

MT, ID

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104

Puerto Rico skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0107

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0107

Scott Riffle beetle

KS

FWS-R6-ES-2015-0114

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0114

Virgin Island bronze skink

Caribbean

FWS-R4-ES-2015-0120

www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0120

 

The notice for all 17 findings will publish in the Federal Register Reading Room on January 11, 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.

The Service is opening a 60-day public comment period for each species for which a status review is being initiated. Complete instructions for submitting comments are provided in the Federal Register notice. Information can be submitted from the date of publication in the Federal Register until March 12, 2016.

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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