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News Release

Service Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposal to List the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo as a Threatened Species

Comments Accepted through April 25, 2014

April 9, 2014

Media Contacts:
Robert Moler, (916) 414 6606 robert_moler@fws.gov (California and Nevada)
Brent Lawrence, (503) 807-4886 brent_lawrence@fws.gov (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon)
Steve Segin, (303) 236-4578 robert_segin@fws.gov (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado)
Tom Buckley, (505) 248-6455 Tom_buckley@fws.gov (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)

Sacramento, CA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will reopen the public comment period on April 10, 2014 for 15 days for the proposal to list the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

On October 3, 2013, the Service proposed to list the western yellow-billed cuckoo in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the U.S., the western yellow-billed cuckoo is known to occur in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

The Service will accept comments through April 25, 2014 on the proposed rule. Comments may be submitted online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, docket number FWS–R8–ES–2013-0104. Comments can also be sent by U.S. mail to:
Public Comments Processing
Attn: FWS–R8–ES–2013-0104
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203

The Service seeks information regarding any threats to the species and regulations that may address those threats. More information about the proposal and a detailed outline of the information that the Service is specifically seeking can be found on the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office’s website at: http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/outreach/public_advisories/WesternYellow-BilledCuckoo/.

Comments previously submitted during the initial public comment period need not be resubmitted.

The western yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is a neotropical migrant bird that winters in South America and breeds in western North America. The yellow-billed cuckoo is insectivorous and lives in riparian woodlands.

While the yellow-billed cuckoo is common east of the Continental Divide, biologists estimate that more than 90 percent of the bird's riparian habitat in the West has been lost or degraded. Threats to the western distinct population segment include loss of riparian habitat and habitat fragmentation as a result of conversion to agriculture, dams and river flow management, bank protection, overgrazing, and competition from exotic plants.

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Last updated: December 1, 2017