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Public Comment Period Opens on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposal to Delist Brown Pelican Throughout its Range


February 20, 2008


Chris Paolino, 202.208.6416
Texas Coast: Elizabeth Slown, 505.248.6909
Gulf Coast/Caribbean/Puerto Rico: Tom MacKenzie, 404.679.7291
Pacific Coast: Lois Grunwald, 805.644.1766 ext. 332

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published its proposal in the Federal Register to remove remaining protected populations of the brown pelican from protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Secretary of the Interior announced this action on February 8, 2008, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The remaining populations occur along the Gulf and Pacific coasts, the Caribbean, and across Central and South America. On February 4, 1985, the Service delisted the brown pelican in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and points northward along the Atlantic Coast However, the brown pelican continued to be listed as endangered throughout the remainder of its range, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, Mexico, Central and South America, and the West Indies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will accept comments on this proposal received or postmarked on or before April 21, 2008. Requests for public hearings must be received in writing by April 7, 2008.

Please see today’s Federal Register Notice (Volume 73, Number 34, Pages 9407-9433) or

Written comments and materials may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: To submit comments or request a public hearing by U.S. mail or hand-delivery, Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-AV28; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

E-mails or faxes will not be accepted. All comments will be posted on

For further information, please contact: Adam Zerrenner, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austin Ecological Services Office, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758; telephone 512/490-0057, extension 248; fascimilie 512/490-097


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