Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of Intent
To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Revision
to the Nonessential Experimental Population of the Mexican Wolf (Canis
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of intent to prepare an environmental
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will prepare a draft
environmental impact statement pursuant to the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969, as amended, in conjunction with a proposed rule to
revise the existing nonessential experimental population designation of
the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) under section 10(j) of the
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended.
DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before
September 19, 2013
. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES) must be received by 11:59 p.m.
Eastern Time on the closing date.
ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by one of the following
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
. Search for FWS-R2-ES-2013-0098
, which is the
docket number for this notice. You may submit a comment by clicking on
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R2-ES-2013-0098; Division of Policy and
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N Fairfax
Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
We request that you send comments only by the methods described
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide
us (see the Information Requested section below for more information).
To increase our efficiency in downloading comments, groups providing
mass submissions should submit their comments in an Excel file.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office,
2105 Osuna Road, NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113 or by telephone 505-761-
4704. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.
Additional information can be viewed on the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery
Program's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/index.cfm
Previous Federal Actions
We established a nonessential experimental population of Mexican
wolves in 1998 (63 FR 1752, January 12, 1998) pursuant to section 10(j)
of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et
On August 7, 2007, we published a notice of intent in the Federal
Register (72 FR 44065) to initiate the planning process for preparation
of an environmental impact statement (EIS), pursuant to the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), to modify our
Mexican wolf nonessential experimental population designation (63 FR
1752, January 12, 1998). We held 12 public informational sessions in
the communities and on the dates listed in our scoping report, which is
available at http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/documents.cfm
and at http://www.regulations.gov
at Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2013-0098
On June 13, 2013, we published a proposed rule to revise our
existing Mexican wolf nonessential experimental population designation
(78 FR 35719).
For the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-05/html/2013-18823.htm