Comment Period for Gray Wolf Proposals Extended

By KBJR News 1

Comment Period for Gray Wolf Proposals Extended

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period until October 28 on two proposed rules to remove the gray wolf from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species.

The proposals would, however, maintain protection and expand recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf in the Southwest, where it remains endangered.

The Wildlife 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, DC on September 30, followed by hearings in Sacramento, CA on October 2, and Albuquerque, NM on October 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 hearing and for links to submit public comments, you can log onto the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's website.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns