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FWS revisiting status of arctic grayling, and still considering listing of northern leopard frog

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74 Fed. Reg. 55524 / Vol. 74, No. 207 / Wednesday, October 28, 2009 / Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Status Review of Arctic Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) in the Upper Missouri River System
ACTION: Notice of intent to conduct status review.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), give notice of our intent to conduct a status review of Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) in the upper Missouri River system. We conduct status reviews to determine whether the entity should be listed as endangered or threatened under the Act. Through this notice, we encourage all interested parties to provide us information regarding Arctic grayling in the upper Missouri River basin. DATES: We must receive information no later than November 27, 2009.

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The Arctic grayling is a fish belonging to the family Salmonidae (salmon, trout, charr, whitefishes), subfamily Thymallinae (graylings), and is represented by a single genus.  Previously, FWS determined that fluvial Arctic grayling of the upper Missouri River did not constitute a species, subspecies, or DPS under the ESA, annd withdrew the fluvial Arctic grayling from the candidate list.  With this notice (and spurred along by litigation) FWS is initiating a new status review for Arctic grayling of the upper Missouri River system. Photo from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

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74 Fed. Reg. 55525 / Vol. 74, No. 207 / Wednesday, October 28, 2009 / Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates Ranapipiens) in the Western United States as Threatened
ACTION: Notice of a 90–day petition finding; reopening of the information solicitation period.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public information solicitation period on our July 1, 2009, initiation of status review and 90–day finding on a petition to list the western U.S. population of the northern leopard frog (Lithobates Ranapipiens) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). This action will provide all interested parties with an additional opportunity to submit information and materials on the status of the northern leopard frog.   Information previously submitted need not be resubmitted as it has already been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the 12–month finding... we request that we receive information on or before November 27, 2009.