As a result of delays caused by the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) this week announced rescheduled dates for the remainder of a series of public hearings on two proposed rules-one to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and delist the gray wolf elsewhere, and the other to improve recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest. Comment period deadlines are also extended until Dec. 17 to allow these hearings to take place within the public comment periods on the proposed rules.
The hearings will now take place on Nov. 19 in Denver, Colo.; Nov. 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.; and Nov. 22 in Sacramento, Calif. Each will include a short informational presentation. The USFWS has also added a public information meeting and hearing in Pinetop, Ariz., on Dec. 3. The hearings are part of the continuing efforts to provide an open, comprehensive public process for the two proposed wolf rules and will provide the public a forum by which to register their views.
A formal notice of these hearings and the extension of the comment period will appear in the Federal Register on Oct. 28. To learn more about the proposed rules, view the draft Federal Register notice with the details of the public hearings, and for links to submit comments to the public record, visit www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery.