Arizona Game and Fish seeks delisting of the Hualapai Mexican vole; FWS agrees to further review
73 Federal Register 28094 (Thursday, May 15, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on Petition To Delist the Hualapai Mexican Vole (Microtus mexicanus hualpaiensis); Notice of 90-day petition finding.)
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), make a 90-day finding on a petition to remove the Hualapai Mexican vole (Microtus mexicanus hualpaiensis) from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plants pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial information indicating that delisting this mammal may be warranted. We are initiating a status review to determine if delisting this subspecies is warranted. We are requesting submission of any information on the Hualapai Mexican vole relevant to its listing status under the Act. Following this review, we will issue a 12-month finding on the petition. DATES: This finding was made on May 15, 2008. To be considered in the 12-month finding on this petition, comments and information should be submitted to us by July 14, 2008.
Photo of the Hualapai Mexican vole from FWS webpage by George Andrejko for Arizona Game and Fish Department
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: "On August 23, 2004, we received a petition dated August 18, 2004, from the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD 2004) to delist the Hualapai Mexican vole (Microtus mexicanus hualpaiensis). The petition (AGFD 2004, pp. 4–6) states that: (1) The subspecies occurs over a much greater area and in higher numbers than previously thought; (2) it is likely that all populations referred to as M. m. hualpaiensis, along with other populations of the species in Arizona, should be referred to as M. m. mogollonensis; and (3) the threats faced by this more widespread taxon do not indicate that listing under the Act is warranted." For a copy of the species recovery plan by FWS, visit the Arizona library.