USFWS Findings for 25 Endangered Species Petitions

17 September 2015 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has completed findings for 25 petitions to list, delist or reclassify animals or plants under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service finds that two of these petitions (for the Cahaba pebblesnail and the Stephens’ kangaroo rat) did not present substantial scientific or commercial information that the petitioned actions may be warranted. The Service will not initiate a status review for these species.

As listed below, the Service is initiating status reviews for 23 petitions that presented substantial information that the species may warrant listing under the ESA. With the publication of this notice, the Service will initiate a review of the status of each species. To ensure that these reviews are comprehensive, the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information for each species. Based on the status reviews, the Service will address whether the petitioned action is warranted.

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

Not-substantial petition findings – no further status review

Species Range Docket number Docket link
Cahaba pebblesnail AL FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0079
Stephens’ kangaroo rat CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0140

 

Substantial petition findings – status review initiated

Species Range Docket number Docket link
Blue Calamintha bee FL FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0077
California spotted owl CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139
Cascade torrent salamander WA, OR FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080
Columbia torrent salamander WA, OR FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083
Florida pine snake AL, FL, GA , SC FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086
Inyo Mountains salamander CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092
Kern Plateau salamander CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093
Lesser slender salamander CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097
Limestone salamander CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099
Northern bog lemming AK, WA, ID, MT, MN, ME, NH, NY FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0103
Panamint alligator lizard CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105
Peaks of Otter salamander VA FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106
Regal fritillary KS, AR, CO, NC, MO, NE, ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, ND, SD, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, and WV FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0078
Rusty-patched bumble bee CT, IL, IN, IA, MD, MA, MN, ND, TN, WI FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R3-ES-2015-0112
Shasta salamander CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115
Short-tailed snake FL FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116
Southern rubber boa CA FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119
Tinian monarch Tinian, CNMI FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0118
Tricolored blackbird CA, OR, WA, MX, NV FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0138
Tufted puffin WA, OR, CA FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0108
Virgin River spinedace UT, AZ, NV FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2015-0121
Wood turtle ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, MD, DE, VA, WV, MN, IA, OH, PA, MI, WI and Canada FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122
Yuman desert fringe-toed Lizard AZ FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124

 

The notice will publish in the Federal Register on September 18, 2015, and also will be available at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection by clicking on the 2015 Notices link under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Information can be submitted on species for which a status review is being initiated, using the specified docket number, beginning upon publication in the Federal Register, for 60 days until November 17, 2015.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for fish, wildlife and plants and has prevented the extinction of hundreds of imperiled species, as well as promoting the recovery of many others. The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species.

Contact(s):

Brian Hires
703-358-2191
brian_hires@fws.gov


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