Utah Prairie Dog - Amend Special Rule Section 4(d)

Docket ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Parent Agency: Department of the Interior (DOI)
The Utah prairie dog (UPD) was listed as an endangered species in 1973. In 1984, we reclassified the species as threatened and promulgated a special rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act that allowed regulated take of up to 5,000 nuisance animals annually on agricultural lands in Iron County, Utah. On June 14, 1991, we amended the special rule to allow regulated take of up to 6,000 nuisance animals annually on agricultural lands throughout the species' range. Since the inception of the 4(d) rule, not more than 1,760 UPDs have been taken in any one year, with an annual average of 936. We amended the 4(d) rule to lower the annual take numbers to more accurately reflect the realities of take implemented under the current rule. This amendment is based on the specific numbers of UPDs that are taken annually under the current rule, as well as on pertinent biological literature.
RIN: 1018-AW02
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2012
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1531 et seq
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/02/201176 FR 31906
NPRM Comment Period End08/01/2011
NPRM Comment Period Reopened04/26/201277 FR 24915
NPRM Comment Period End05/29/2012
Final Action08/02/201277 FR 46158
Final Action Effective09/04/2012
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
May 29, 2012 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 04/26/2012
ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030-0010
Comment Period Closed
Aug 01, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/02/2011
ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 08/02/2012
ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030-0024

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/02/2012
ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030-0025
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/02/2012
ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030-0028
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/02/2012
ID: FWS-R6-ES-2011-0030-0027


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Agency Contact
Richard E. Sayers Jr.
Chief, Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery, and State Grants
703 358-2171
703 358-1735 (Fax)
Room 420, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
Arlington, VA 22203
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