Status reviews underway on 11 mountain-prairie species, including Wyoming toad; FWS seeks public comment
73 Fed. Reg. 58261 / 73 FR 58261-58262 (Monday, Oct. 6, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; WS–R6–ES–2008–N0187; 60120–1113–0000; C4 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Reviews of Three Wildlife Species and Eight Plant Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region; Notice of initiation of review; request for information on 11 species.)
Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) supports the last known breeding population of the endangered Wyoming toad. Due to the species status, the Refuge which encompasses 1,776 acres southwest of Laramie, Wyoming, is closed to the public. Photo from Mortenson Lake NWR
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) initiate 5-year reviews of three wildlife species (June sucker, Pawnee montane skipper, Wyoming toad) and eight plant species (Barneby reed-mustard, Barneby ridge-cress, Blowout Penstemon, Clay-loving wild-buckwheat, Clay reed-mustard, Maguire primrose, North Park phacelia, Shrubby reed-mustard) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (see Table 1 under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION ). We request any new information on these species that may have a bearing on their classification as endangered or threatened. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make recommendations as to whether each of these species is properly classified under the Act.