Wildlife Services this week extended the public comment period until Oct. 28 on two proposed rules to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of threatened and endangered species, while maintaining protection and expanding recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) in the Southwest. The service also announced a series of public hearings to ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to comment.
The first public hearing will be held in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30, followed closely by hearings in Sacramento, Calif., on Oct. 2, and Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 4. Each public hearing will include a short informational presentation. The Albuquerque hearing will be a combined hearing on the gray wolf delisting proposal and the proposal to revise the existing nonessential experimental population designation of the Mexican wolf.
To learn more about the proposed rules, the details of the public hearings and for links to submit comments to the public record, visit www.fws.gov/graywolfrecovery062013.html.