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December 29, 1997

Peter Plage (303) 275-2370

Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse Public Comment Period Extended to January 22, 1998

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a 30-day extension of the public comment period on its proposal to list the Preble's meadow jumping mouse as endangered throughout its range. The reopening of the comment period was published in the Federal Register on December 23, 1997 and extends the comment period until January 22, 1998. A final decision on the proposed listing is expected in March 1998.

Written comments and materials should be sent to the Colorado Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P. O. Box 25486, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225. Any new information or materials on the proposed listing of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse will become part of the record for the Service's evaluation of the proposed listing.

The Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), a small rodent, is known to occur only in eastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. It lives primarily in heavily vegetated riparian habitats. Habitat loss and degradation caused by agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial development have resulted in concern over its continued existence.

On March 25, 1997, the Service published a proposed rule to list the Preble's meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species without critical habitat.

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