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FWS Findings for 17 Endangered Species Petitions

11 January 2016 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed initial reviews for 17 petitions to list or delist species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that six petitions did not present substantial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, we will not take further action to on the petitions for these species.  The six petitions include: one to delist the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear and another to uplist it from threatened to endangered; and petitions to list the Colorado Desert fringe-toed lizard; Kings River slender salamander; sandstone night lizard; and the Yellowstone bison.

In response to 11 petitions, the Service is initiating 12-month status reviews on the Culebra skink, Great Basin silverspot butterfly, Greater Saint Croix skink, Greater Virgin Islands skink, lesser Saint Croix skink, Mona skink, narrow-footed diving beetle, Northern Rocky Mountain DPS of fisher, Puerto Rico skink, Scott riffle beetle and the Virgin Island bronze skink to determine whether the petitioned actions to list these species are warranted. To ensure that these status reviews are comprehensive, we request scientific and commercial data and other information regarding these species.

A summary of all findings is included below, along with separate docket numbers:

Not-substantial petition findings – no further status review

Species Range Docket Number Docket link
Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear (uplist) ID, MT FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082
Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear (delist) ID, MT FWS-R6-ES-2015-0174!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0174
Colorado desert fringe-toed lizard CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0082
Kings River slender salamander CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0094!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0094
Sandstone night lizard CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0113!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0113
Yellowstone bison WY FWS-R6-ES-2015-0123!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0123


Substantial petition findings – status review initiated

Species Range Docket number Docket link
Culebra skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0085!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0085
Great basin silverspot butterfly CO, UT FWS-R6-ES-2015-0089!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0089
Greater Saint Croix skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0090!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0090
Greater Virgin Islands skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0091!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0091
Lesser Saint Croix Skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0096!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0096
Mona skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0100!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0100
Narrow-footed diving beetle WY FWS-R6-ES-2015-0102!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0102
Northern Rocky Mtn. DPS of Fisher MT, ID FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0104
Puerto Rico skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0107!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0107
Scott Riffle beetle KS FWS-R6-ES-2015-0114!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0114
Virgin Island bronze skink Caribbean FWS-R4-ES-2015-0120!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0120

The notice for all 17 findings will publish in the Federal Register Reading Room on January 11, 2016, and is available at by clicking on the 2016 Notices link under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants.

The Service is opening a 60-day public comment period for each species for which a status review is being initiated. Complete instructions for submitting comments are provided in the Federal Register notice. Information can be submitted from the date of publication in the Federal Register until March 12, 2016.

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