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USFWS seeks comment on proposed ESA listing of macaw subspecies and populations

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Today (July 6, 2012) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), under the authority of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (Act), proposed to designate the scarlet macaw subspecies A. m. cyanoptera, which occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and the northern distinct population segment of the subspecies A. m. macao that occurs in Costa Rica, Panama, and northwest Columbia, as endangered under the Act. This proposal, if made final, would extend the Act’s protection to A. m. cyanoptera and the northern distinct population segment of A. m. macao. Concurrently with this proposal, we determined that designating the southern distinct population segment of A. m. macao, which occurs in southern Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador, as endangered or threatened under the Act is not warranted at this time. A copy of the finding is attached and can also be found on our website at: http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/2012/2012-16445.pdf


To assist us in making a final decision on this proposal, we are seeking scientific and commercial information from conservation agencies in the range countries, the public, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties on the status of the scarlet macaw throughout its range (please see the Information Solicited section of the published finding for details on requested information). We are seeking this information to ensure that the best biological and commercial information is being used in our decision-making process, and to maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information upon which the proposed listing is based.


We respectfully request that you review the finding and proposed rule to designate the scarlet macaw subspecies A. m. cyanoptera, and northern distinct population segment of A. m. macao, as endangered under the Actand provide comments on or before the close of the public comment period. The comment period for the proposed rule is open until September 4, 2012.

After this date, you must submit information directly to the address in the FOR FURTHER


INFORMATION CONTACT section of the finding and proposed rule). Please note that we may not be able to address or incorporate information that we receive after the above requested date. We would appreciate any information you might provide us. All comments will be reviewed and considered in making our final listing decision.

You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal:http://www.regulations.gov. In the Keyword box, enter Docket No. FWS–R9–ES–2012–0039 and then follow the instructions for submitting comments.


By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R9–ES–2012–0039;Division ofPolicy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

We greatly appreciate your time and effort in lending your knowledge and experience to this important public decision-making process. For further information or if you have any questions, please contact me at +1 703-946-1351 or at ellen_vangelder@fws.gov.

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