Subject: Eastern Cougar listing reopened comment period
On June 28, 2016, the Service will publish a Federal Register notice to reopen the comment period on the 2015 proposed rule to delist the eastern cougar in order to seek review from independent experts, as required by our 1994 peer review policy. Although we intended to do this when the proposed rule was first published, we were unable to complete peer review during the previous comment period. Thus, we are providing an additional 30 days to obtain independent review of our scientific analysis.
With 100-200 Pumas in Florida and suitable habitat in the
Appalachian Mountains north up into NY and Maine, why
is the USFW Service so hellbent on delisting our "Ghost Cat, for
many biologists, the same feline that exists in the Western USA?
As a matter of procedure, reopening the comment period will also allow an opportunity for additional general review. We are emphasizing, however, that previous comments need not be resubmitted because they are already part of the administrative record and will be fully considered in our review. We anticipate making a final decision on the delisting proposal within the next few months.
Today, the notice will be in the Federal Register's electronic reading room here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection
On Tuesday, the notice will be in the Federal Register here:
Additional comments can be submitted starting on June 28 through July 28, 2016 at www.regulations.gov under docket no. FWS–R5–ES–2015–0001.Please do not hesitate to contact me or Krishna Gifford, 413-253-8619, with questions.--
Mark McCollough, Ph.D.
Endangered Species SpecialistUS Fish and Wildlife ServiceMaine Fish and Wildlife Service Complex
Maine Field Office
P.O. Box A (mailing address)
306 Hatchery Road (physical address)
East Orland, Maine 04431Telephone: (207) 469-7300, Extension 1115
Fax: (207) 469-6725Cell Phone: 207 944-5709