Listing Salamanders as Injurious Due to Risk of Salamander Chytrid Fungus (January 12, 2016)
To help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing an interim rule tomorrow to list 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. The fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, also known as Bsal or salamander chytrid, is carried on the skin of various salamander species. Bsal has caused major die-offs of salamanders in Europe and poses an imminent threat to U.S. native salamander populations. The fungus is not yet known to be found in the United States, and to help ensure it remains that way, the Service is publishing an interim rule that will take effect on January 28, 2016. At that time, the importation and interstate transportation of the listed species will be prohibited. The rule also opens a 60-day public comment period (please see the rule in the Federal Register for instructions on how to submit a public comment).
News Release “Service Lists 201 Salamander Species as Injurious to Help Keep Lethal Fungus Out of U.S." January 12, 2016
Interim rule (pdf) in Federal Register on January 13, 2016
Questions and Answers (pdf)
Information about obtaining permits: The permit application form for import, acquisition, and transport of injurious wildlife for zoological, educational, medical, or scientific purposes can be found at http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf . Additional guidance is available at https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/injurious-listed-salamanders-permits-guidance.pdf that includes FAQs, instructions for filling out application 3-200-42, and infographics that explain double escape-proof containment. For questions about these permits, please call the Division of Management Authority at 1-800-358-2104 or 703-358-2104."
Last updated: June 22, 2016