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FWS proposes downlisting of Oregon chub to threatened status, based on improving population trends

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74 Fed. Reg. 22870 / Vol. 74, No. 93 / Friday, May 15, 2009

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17 / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Rule To Reclassify the Oregon Chub (Oregonichthys crameri) From Endangered to Threatened

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: Under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to reclassify the Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri) from endangered to threatened. This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific data, which indicate that the species’ status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. We seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding the Oregon chub and this proposal. DATES: We will accept comments received on or before July 14, 2009. Public hearing requests must be received by June 29, 2009.

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A 5-year review of the Oregon chub’s status was completed in February 2008; this review concluded that the Oregon chub’s status had substantially improved since listing, and that the Oregon chub  no longer met the definition of an endangered species, but does meet the definition of a threatened species, under the Act. The review, therefore, recommended that the Oregon chub should be downlisted from endangered to threatened.