FWS proposed to remove island bedstraw and Santa Cruz Island dudleya from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants on the basis of recovery.
FWS determined threatened species status for the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly under the ESA and designated approximately 41,266 acres in six units in the municipalities of Arecibo, Camuy, Ciales, Florida, Isabela, Maricao, Quebradillas, Sabana Grande, San Germán, Utuado, and Yauco as critical habitat.
FWS reclassified the northern long-eared bat as an endangered specifies under the ESA, and removed its species-specific rule issued under §4(d) of the Act.
FWS determined threatened species status for both the northern distinct population segment (DPS) and the southern DPS of lesser prairie-chicken under the ESA, and finalized a rule under §4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the northern DPS.
FWS requested new information to update the species status assessment for the North American wolverine occurring in the contiguous United States in order to make a final determination whether to list the species under the ESA.
FWS proposed to designate approximately 1,174,011 acres in 13 Florida counties as critical habitat for the Florida bonneted bat under the ESA.
FWS announced the availability of and seeks comment on its review of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act.
FWS proposed to revise the ESA §4(d) rule for the African elephant to establish enhancement permit requirements for international trade in live elephants and specific enhancement requirements for the import of wild-sourced elephants; clarify existing enhancement requirements for a permit to import African elephant sport-hunted trophies; and incorporate a Party’s designation under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora National Legislation Project into the decisionmaking process for the import of live African elephants, African elephant sport-hunted trophies, and African elephant parts and products other than ivory and sport-hunted trophies.
FWS amended the List of Endangered and Threatened Plants by removing Johnson’s seagrass, and amended the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife by updating the entries for the Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal and the Beringia distinct population segment of the Pacific bearded seal subspecies to reflect the final designation of critical habitat for this subspecies and distinct population segment, respectively.
NMFS announced its 12-month finding on a petition to list the shortfin mako shark under the ESA, finding that listing was not warranted.