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FWS reinstates ESA listing protections for grey wolf, leaves protections in place for Bliss Rapids snail

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74 Fed. Reg. 47483 / Vol. 74, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 16, 2009 / Rules and Regulations
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reinstatement of Protections for the Gray Wolf in the Western Great Lakes in Compliance With Settlement Agreement and Court Order
ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are issuing this final rule to comply with a court order that has the effect of reinstating the regulatory protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), for the gray wolf (Canis
lupus) in the western Great Lakes (WGL). This rule corrects the gray wolf listing in our regulations which will reinstate the listing of gray wolves in all of Wisconsin and Michigan, the eastern half of North Dakota and South Dakota, the northern half of Iowa, the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, and the northwestern portion of Ohio as endangered, and reinstate the listing of wolves in Minnesota as threatened. This rule also reinstates the former designated critical habitat for gray wolves in Minnesota and Michigan and special regulations for gray wolves in Minnesota. DATES: This action is effective September 16, 2009.

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KEITHINKING: Haven't we done this before?  See ESA blawg.  Meanwhile, wolf hunting is underway, with the first kill today in Montana.  See Idaho Statesman. Photo above of the first wolf kill in Idaho from CBS 2news.tv

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74 Fed. Reg. 47536 / Vol. 74, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 16, 2009
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition to Remove the Bliss Rapids Snail (Taylorconcha serpenticola) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
ACTION: Notice of 12-month petition finding.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 12-month finding on a petition to remove the Bliss Rapids snail (Taylorconcha serpenticola) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Based on a thorough review of the best scientific and commercial data available, the species continues to be restricted to a small geographic area in the middle-Snake River, Idaho, where it is dependent upon cool-water spring outflows. Although some threats identified at the time of listing in 1992 no longer exist or have been moderated, ground water depletion and impaired water quality still threaten the Bliss Rapids snail. In addition, there are significant uncertainties about the effects of hydropower operations and New Zealand mudsnails on the persistence of Bliss Rapids snails in riverine habitats. In the absence of the Act’s protections, existing regulations are not likely to be sufficient to conserve the species. Given our current understanding of the species’ geographic distribution, habitat requirements, and threats, the species continues to meet the definition of a threatened species under the Act. Therefore, we have determined that removing the Bliss Rapids snail from the List is not warranted at this time.

DATES: We made the finding announced in this document September 16, 2009.

LINKS: See related story from WaterWorld.com and fact sheet from Idaho Fish & Game.