Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Status
for the Distinct Population Segment of the North American Wolverine in
the Contiguous United States
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are
reopening the public comment period on the proposed rule to list the
distinct population segment (DPS) of the North American wolverine (Gulo
gulo luscus) in the contiguous United States as threatened under the
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The proposed rule was
published in the Federal Register on February 4, 2013. We are reopening
the comment period to allow the public an additional opportunity to
review and comment on the proposed rule, as well as the peer review and
public comments that were submitted during the first comment period.
Comments already submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be
fully considered in preparation of the final rule, which we intend to
issue by February 4, 2014, as required by the Endangered Species Act.
DATES: We will accept public comments until December 2, 2013
submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see
ADDRESSES, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on that
ADDRESSES: Document availability: You may obtain a copy of the proposed
rule on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov
at Docket No. FWS-
R6-ES-2012-0107 or at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolverine/
. All comments received during the first comment
period, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing the
proposed rule, can be found at http://www.regulations.gov
in Docket No.
FWS-R6-ES-2012-0107. Comments and materials we receive during this
reopened comment period will also be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov
, or by appointment, during normal business
hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Field Office (see
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
Comment submission: You may submit comments by one of the following
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
. In the Search box, enter FWS-R6-ES-2012-0107,
which is the docket number for this rulemaking action. You may submit a
comment by clicking on ``Comment Now!''
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R6-ES-2012-0107; 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 details).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jodi Bush, Field Office Supervisor,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Field Office, 585 Shepard Way,
Helena, MT 59601; telephone 406-449-5225;
facsimile 406-449-5339. If you use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-
On February 4, 2013, we published in the Federal Register a
proposed rule to list the distinct population segment of the North
American wolverine (78 FR 7864) under the Endangered Species Act of
1973, as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The proposed rule had
a 90-day comment period, which ended May 6, 2013. During the comment
period, we received several comments from the public, States, and peer
reviewers that questioned our analysis
of the best available scientific
information that we used in the proposed rule.For the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-31/html/2013-25849.htm