[Federal Register: March 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 54)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 14936-14937]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018--AE30

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reopening of 
Comment Period on Proposed Endangered Status for the Southern 
California Distinct Population Segment of the Mountain Yellow-Legged 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of reopening of comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), pursuant to the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), reopen the comment 
period on the proposed rule to list the southern California distinct 
population segment (DPS) of the mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana 
muscosa) as an endangered species. The comment period is reopened in 
response to requests from the public for additional time to obtain 
biological information regarding the frog and formulate comments on the 
proposed rule. In addition, reopening of the comment period will allow 
further opportunity for all interested parties to submit comments on 
the proposal, which is available (see ADDRESSES section). We are 
seeking comments or suggestions from the public, other concerned 
governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other 
interested parties concerning the proposed rule. Comments already 
submitted on the proposed rule need not be resubmitted as they will be 
fully considered in the final determination.

DATES: The reopened comment period closes April 19, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Comments and materials concerning this proposal should be 
sent to the Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad 
Fish and Wildlife Office, 2730 Loker Avenue West, Carlsbad, California, 
92008. Comments and materials received will be available for public 
inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the above 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Glen Knowles at the above address, 
telephone 760-431-9440; facsimile 760-431-9618.



    On December 22, 1999, the Service published a rule proposing 
endangered status for the southern California DPS of the mountain 
yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa) in the Federal Register (64 FR 
71714). The original comment period closed on February 22, 2000. The 
comment period now closes on April 19, 2000. Written comments should be 
submitted to the Service (see ADDRESSES section).
    The mountain yellow-legged frog is a true frog in the family 
Ranidae. The southern California mountain yellow-legged frog can still 
be found in four small streams in the San Gabriel mountains, San 
Bernardino mountains, and the San Jacinto mountains. In addition to 
predation from trout and other widespread factors, the few remaining 
frogs are threatened by recreation (i.e. suction dredging, campgrounds, 
day use areas), the introduction of non-native competitors and 
predators, and demographics associated with small populations. Comments 
from the public regarding the accuracy of this proposed rule are 
sought, especially regarding:
    (1) Biological, commercial trade, or other relevant data concerning 
any threat (or lack thereof) to this species;
    (2) The location and status of any additional occurrences of this 
species and the reasons why any habitat should or should not be 
determined to be critical habitat pursuant to section 4 of the Act;
    (3) Additional information concerning the range, distribution, and 
population size of this species;
    (4) Current or planned activities in the subject area and their 
possible impacts on the mountain yellow-legged frog or its habitat.
     The primary author of this notice is Glen Knowles (see ADDRESSES 


    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973 
(16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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    Dated: March 10, 2000.
Elizabeth H. Stevens,
Acting Manager, California/Nevada Operations Office.
[FR Doc. 00-6795 Filed 3-17-00; 8:45 am]