The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening public comment on a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine ast threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The service published the proposed rule – and a special rule to tailor Endangered Species Act prohibitions that would apply to the wolverine – in February and took public comment through May 6.
During the peer review process, the service received comments indicating there is a variety of opinions among scientists about information regarding habitat and climate change used to support the proposed rules. The service also received several requests from states and the public to extend the comment period.
Copies of the proposed rules are available at regulations.gov (Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2012-107) or fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolverine.
To submit electronic comments, go to regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS-R6-ES-2012-107, then select “Proposed Rules under the “Document Type” heading. Follow the “Comment Now” link. Mail written comments to Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R6-ES-2012-107, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203.
Previously submitted comments already have been incorporated into the public record, and will be considered in the preparation of final determinations.
The reopened comment period will last until Dec. 2.