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The Service Requests Public Comments for Proposed Pygmy Rabbit Safe Harbor Agreements

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the receipt of nine permit applications that were developed in accordance with the Template Safe Harbor Agreement (example SHA) for the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) in the Federal Register.

Service requests comments from the public regarding the proposed issuance of permits to the nine new applicants. A copy of the Template SHA, Service decisional documents concerning the program, an example recovery permit application, and an example landowner site plan can be found under the following links.

Issuance of permits to the applicants would exempt incidental take of the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit that is above the baseline conditions of their enrolled properties and that results from their covered activities.

To date, the Service has issued 17 permits under the Template SHA, which cover 137,626 acres that fall within the historic distribution of the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. The nine new applicants have requested to enroll an additional 11,446 acres of privately owned lands under the Template SHA through development of individual Site Plans

To submit written comments, please use one of the following methods:

  • Email: wfaocomments@fws.gov. Include "Pygmy Rabbit SHAA'' in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: 509-891-6748, Attn: Russ MacRae, Assistant Project Leader. Include "Pygmy Rabbit SHAA'' in the subject line of the message.
  • U.S. Mail: c/o Russ MacRae, Assistant Project Leader, Eastern Washington Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 11103 East Montgomery Drive, Spokane, Washington 99206.

To request additional information, use one of the above contact methods or call: (509) 891-6839.

Last updated: June 18, 2015
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