Reclassification of the Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae)

Docket ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123
Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Parent Agency: Department of the Interior (DOI)
We published final rule to reclassify the wood bison from endangered to threatened under the ESA. The wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) is found in northwestern Canada. This action is based on a review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the primary threat that led to population decline--unregulated hunting--is no longer a threat, and that recovery actions have led to a substantial increase in the number of herds that have a stable or increasing trend in population size.
RIN: 1018-AI83
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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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: Federal
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
Notice--90-Day Petition Finding; Initiation of Status Review02/03/200974 FR 5908
Notice Comment Period End04/06/2009
NPRM02/08/201176 FR 6734
NPRM Comment Period End04/11/2011
Final Action05/03/201277 FR 26191
Final Action Effective06/04/2012
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Apr 11, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 02/08/2011
ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123-0014
Comment Period Closed
Apr 06, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 02/03/2009
ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 05/03/2012
ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123-0035

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 05/03/2012
ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123-0036
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 05/11/2011
ID: FWS-R9-IA-2008-0123-0034


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Janine M. Van Norman
Chief, Branch of Foreign Species, Endangered Species Program
703 358-2370
703 358-1735 (Fax)
Room 412A, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
Arlington, VA 22203
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