Louisiana black bear critical habitat rule proposed and comment period reopened
73 Fed Reg. 66831 (Wednesday, November 12, 2008) / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17 / RIN 1018–AV52 WS–R4–ES–2008–0047 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Louisiana Black Bear; Proposed rule; reopening of comment period, notice of availability of draft economic analysis, and amended required determinations.
The Louisiana black bear is a habitat generalist and often overwinters in hollow cypress trees either in or along sloughs, lakes or riverbanks in bottomland hardwoods. These bears are mobile, opportunistic, largely herbivorous omnivores that exploit a variety of foods, including insects. The distribution and abundance of foods, particularly mast such as nuts and berries, largely affect their movements. Important elements of black bear habitat include hard and soft mast, escape cover, den sites, travel corridors and minimum human disturbance. Info from FWS, photofrom Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) and an amended required determinations section of the proposal. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the revised proposed rule, the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations section.