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Endangered Species Program
Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems
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:
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Last updated: March 12, 2018