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Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-owl proposed for ESA listing

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium brasilianum cactorum) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is also proposing a “4(d) rule,” whichwould generally prohibit the same activities as prohibited for an endangered species but would allow exemptions for specific types of education and outreach activities already permitted under a Migratory Bird Treaty Act permit and habitat restoration and enhancement activities that improve habitat conditions for the owl. The USFWS determined that designation of critical habitat is prudent, but that such habitat is not determinable at this time. 

The USFWS will hold a public information session and hearing beginning at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on January 25, 2022. Comments will be accepted until February 22, 2022.

For more information about the designation, read the Federal Register notice.

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