[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 25 (Wednesday, February 6, 2013)]
[Pages 8576-8577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02576]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R2-ES-2013-N004; FXES11130100000C4-123-FF01E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Status 
Reviews of Ocelot and Mexican Spotted Owl in the Southwest Region

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of initiation of reviews; request for information.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year 
status reviews under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(Act), of the endangered ocelot (Leopardus [=Felis] pardalis) and the 
threatened Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida). A 5-year 
review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at 
the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any 
such information that has become available since our original listing 
of these two species.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we are requesting submission of new 
information no later than April 8, 2013. However, we will continue to 
accept new information about any listed species at any time.

ADDRESSES: For how to submit information, see Request for Information 
and ``How Do I Ask Questions or Provide Information?'' in the 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on a particular 
species, contact the appropriate person or office listed in the table 


Why do we conduct a 5-year review?

    Under the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we maintain Lists of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (which we collectively 
refer to as the List) in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 
CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). Section 4(c)(2)(A) of 
the Act requires us to review each listed species' status at least once 
every 5 years. Our regulations at 50 CFR 424.21 require that we publish 
a notice in the Federal Register announcing those species under active 
review. For additional information about 5-year reviews, refer to our 
factsheet at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-overview.html.

What information do we consider in our review?

    A 5-year review considers all new information available at the time 
of the review. In conducting these reviews, we consider the best 
scientific and commercial data that have become available since the 
listing determination or most recent status review, such as:
    (A) Species biology, including but not limited to population 
trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics;
    (B) Habitat conditions, including but not limited to amount, 
distribution, and suitability;
    (C) Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit 
the species;
    (D) Threat status and trends in relation to the five listing 
factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the Act); and
    (E) Other new information, data, or corrections, including but not 
limited to taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of 
erroneous information contained in the List, and improved analytical 
    Any new information will be considered during the 5-year review and 
will also be useful in evaluating the ongoing recovery programs for the 

Which species are under review?

    This notice announces our active review of the species listed in 
the table below.

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                                                                                             Final listing
                                                                                             rule (Federal
                                                                                                Register      Contact person, phone,   Contact person's
          Common name            Scientific name     Listing status       Where listed        citation and             email           U.S. mail address
Ocelot........................  Leopardus          Endangered........  U.S.A. (AZ, TX) to  47 FR 31670 July   Mitch Sternberg,        South Texas
                                 [=Felis]                               Central and South   21, 1982.          Biologist, 956-784-     Refuges Complex
                                 pardalis.                              America.                               7500 (phone); Mitch--   Headquarters,
                                                                                                               Sternberg@fws.gov       Attention 5-Year
                                                                                                               (email).                Review, 3325
                                                                                                                                       Green Jay Road,
                                                                                                                                       Alamo, TX 78516.
Owl, Mexican Spotted..........  Strix              Threatened........  U.S.A. (AZ, CO,     58 FR 14248 March  Field Supervisor, 602-  U.S. Fish and
                                 occidentalis                           NM, TX, UT);        16, 1993.          242-0210 (phone);       Wildlife Service,
                                 lucida.                                Mexico.                                Steve_Spangle@fws.go   Arizona
                                                                                                               v (email).              Ecological
                                                                                                                                       Services Field
                                                                                                                                       Office, Attention
                                                                                                                                       5-Year Review,
                                                                                                                                       2321 West Royal
                                                                                                                                       Palm Road, Suite
                                                                                                                                       103, Phoenix, AZ

Request for Information

    To ensure that a 5-year review is complete and based on the best 
available scientific and commercial information, we request new 
information from all sources. See ``What Information Do We Consider in 
Our Review?'' for specific criteria. If you submit information, please 
support it with documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, 
methods used to gather and analyze the data, and/or copies of any 
pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources.

How do I ask questions or provide information?

    If you wish to provide information for any species listed above, 
please submit your comments and materials to the appropriate contact in 
the table above. You may also direct questions to those contacts. 
Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.
    Comments and materials received will be available for public 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the offices 
where the comments are submitted.

Completed and Active Reviews

    A list of all completed and currently active 5-year reviews 
addressing species for which the Southwest Region of the Service has 
lead responsibility is available at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/ElectronicLibrary_Main.cfm (under Select a Document Category, select 
5-Year Review).


    This document is published under the authority of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: January 30, 2013.
Joy E. Nicholopoulos,
Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-02576 Filed 2-5-13; 8:45 am]