Extension of comment period for proposed wolf rules and announcement of hearings
As a result of delays caused by the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rescheduled dates for the remainder of a series
of public hearings on two proposed rules-one to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere, and the other to revise
the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf. Comment period deadlines also are extended until December 17, 2013 to allow these hearings to
take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules.
The hearings will take place on November 19 in Denver, Colorado, November 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and November 22, in Sacramento, California. There
will also be a public information meeting and hearing in Pinetop, Arizona on December 3. Each hearing will include a short informational presentation.
The November 20, 2013, public hearing in Albuquerque, NM and the December 3, 2013, public hearing in Pinetop, AZ, will address both the June 13, 2013
(78 FR 35664), proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and to delist the gray wolf elsewhere, as well as the June 13, 2013 (78 FR 35719),
proposed revision to the nonessential experimental population of the Mexican wolf. The hearing in Albuquerque will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward
Place, Sandia room. The public will be allowed access at 5 PM, the hearing starts at 6 PM.
The December 3, 2013, public information meeting and public hearing in Pinetop, AZ, will focus on the June 13, 2013 (78 FR 35719), proposed revision to the
nonessential experimental population of the Mexican wolf, but we will accept verbal testimony (formal, oral comments) or written comments regarding both of the
June 13, 2013, proposals (78 FR 35664 and 78 FR 35719). The Informational meeting and hearing in Pinetop, AZ, will held at the Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777
Highway 260, Pinetop, Arizona 85935 (3 miles outside of Pinetop at the Junction of Hwy 260 and Hwy 73). The Pinetop public information meeting is from 3:30-5:00
PM, followed by a public hearing for recording comments from 6:00-8:30 PM.
The hearings are part of the Service's continuing efforts to provide an open, comprehensive public process for the two proposed wolf rules and will provide
the public a forum by which to register their views.