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American Burying Beetle

Status Review for Two Midwestern Species

March 16, 2016, Positive 90-Day Findings


In response to 29 petitions to list, delist or reclassify a number of species, the Service made substantial findings for 16 species and not substantial findings for 13 species. A "Substantial Finding" means that the petition provides enough information to substantiate that the petitioned action may be warranted.  After a substantial finding, the Service begins a thorough status review. 


On August 18, 2015, the Service received a petition from the American Stewards of Liberty, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Dr. Steven W. Carothers to delist the American burying beetle. Some of the issues raised in the petition are items that are currently being evaluated through the Service’s species status assessment, including uncertainty surrounding the population trends, distribution, and threats impacting the species.


In response to the petition, the Service is publishing a substantial 90-day finding, which is the first step in determining whether or not the American burying beetle should be delisted. A substantial 90-day finding by the Service means that we will take a closer look at the status of the species and the effectiveness of existing conservation efforts through what is known as a 12-month finding.


The Service is requesting additional scientific and commercial data on the American burying beetle. We will accept public comments on the 90-day finding until May 16, 2016. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.In the Search box, enter FWS–R2–ES–2016–0011, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”
  2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:  Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R2–ES–2016–0011; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

For More Information:

News Release (March 15, 2016): Service Announces Initial Findings on 29 Endangered Species Act Petitions


Federal Register Notice (March 15, 2016 - Public Inspection Version)


Petition to Delist the American Burying Beetle


Petition Process Flowchart


Yellow-banded Bumble Bee

A species found in the Midwest and included in the March 16, 2016, Batch of 90-Day Findings


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