Mountain-Prairie Region




To:                         Director (AES/TE)

From:                     Regional Director, Region 6

Subject:                 12-month Administrative Finding for a Petition to List the Black-tailed Prairie Dog
                              from the National Wildlife Federation Dated July 30, 1998

Section 4(b)(3)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), requires that information in any petition to revise the List of Threatened or Endangered Species, along with other readily available substantial scientific and commercial information, be sufficient to indicate that a species may warrant listing before the Fish and Wildlife Service makes a positive 90-day finding and initiates a status review of the species. The Service published a positive 90-day finding on the subject petition in the Federal Register on March 25, 1999 (64 FR 14425). Accordingly, the subject petition requires a 12-month administrative finding pursuant to section 4(b)(3)(B). This finding should be made within 9 months of a positive 90-day finding and determine whether the petitioned action is (1) not warranted, (2) warranted, or (3) warranted but precluded by other higher priority efforts to revise the List.

The Service believes that sufficient information is currently available to support a finding that listing the black-tailed prairie dog as threatened is warranted, but that a proposed rule at this time is precluded by work on other higher priority species. The Service will reevaluate the status of the species 1 year after publication of this finding in the Federal Register. With your concurrence, this memorandum and the attachment noted below will constitute the 12-month administrative finding for the administrative record for this petition and a notice of such will be promptly published in the Federal Register.


Approve:_______________________________________ Date______________

Disapprove:_____________________________________ Date:______________

Attachment: 12-month Administrative Finding for the Black-tailed prairie dog

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Field Supervisor/ES, Pierre, SD
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