AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of availability and reopening of comment
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the
reopening of the public comment period on our June 13, 2013, proposal
to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and
Threatened Wildlife but to maintain endangered status for the Mexican
wolf by listing it as a subspecies (Canis lupus baileyi). We also
announce the availability of the independent scientific peer review
report on the proposal. We are reopening the comment period for 45 days
to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment on our
proposed rule in light of the peer review report on this proposal. The
comment period is scheduled to close on March 27, 2014. Comments
previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully
considered in preparation of the final rule.
DATES: The public comment period on the proposal to remove the gray
wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
but to maintain endangered status for the Mexican wolf by listing it as
a subspecies (Canis lupus baileyi) that was published on June 13, 2013
(78 FR 35664), is reopened and will close on March 27, 2014. Please
note comments submitted electronically using the Federal eRulemaking
Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m.
Eastern Time on the closing date. If you are submitting your comments
by hard copy, please mail them by March 27, 2014, to ensure that we
receive them in time to give them full consideration.
ADDRESSES: Document availability: The June 13, 2013, proposal (78 FR
35664) is available online at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket
No. FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073 and at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-13/pdf/2013-13982.pdf. The independent scientific peer review report on
the proposal is available online at http://www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery and at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-HQ-
Written Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following
(1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073. Please
ensure you have found the correct document before submitting your
comments. If your comments will fit in the provided comment box, please
use this feature of http://www.regulations.gov, as it is most
compatible with our comment review procedures. If you attach your comments as a separate document, our preferred file format is Microsoft
Word. If you attach multiple comments (such as form letters), our
preferred format is a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073; Division of Policy and
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax
Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
We will post all comments we receive on http://www.regulations.gov.
This generally means that we will post any personal information you
provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Headquarters Office, Ecological
Services; telephone (703) 358-2171; facsimile (703) 358-1735. Direct
all questions or requests for additional information to: GRAY WOLF
QUESTIONS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Headquarters Office,
Ecological Services, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA
22203. Individuals who are hearing-impaired or speech-impaired may call
the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8337 for TTY assistance.