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Fish and Wildlife Service Posts Supplementary Materials on Gray Wolf in the Eastern United States

September 14, 2011


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On August 26, 2011, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the reopening of the comment period on the May 5, 2011, proposed rule to delist the gray wolf population in the Western Great Lakes and revise the listing to remove all or parts of 29 eastern states where the listed species did not historically occur.

Today, the Service is publishing a notice to inform the public that supplementary materials are now electronically available at

The comment period allows for additional public review and the inclusion of any new information regarding the recognition of the eastern wolf ( Canus lycaon) as a full species, including, in particular, a manuscript prepared by Service employees that is currently undergoing review for publication (Chambers et al., in prep.).

In recognition of intellectual property right laws, the manuscript made available on August 26, provided readers with references to the sources of several copyrighted figures, but did not include the figures themselves. The Service has since obtained approval to include all copyrighted figures in the manuscript and on September 7, 2011, uploaded a complete copy of the manuscript.

The Service is particularly seeking all information, data, and comments from the public with respect to any new information relevant to the taxonomy of wolves in North America.

Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. [FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029].

U. S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. [FWS-R3-ES-2011-0029]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.

Comments must be received on or before September 26, 2011. The Service will post all comments on This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes.

All comments that were submitted during the earlier public comment period will be included as part of the administrative record for the proposed rule and do not need to be resubmitted.

More information is available online at

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