Migratory Bird Permits; Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds; Environmental Impact Statement (Draft)
Feb. 3, 2020
FWS intends to prepare a draft EIS pursuant to NEPA. FWS hereby notifies Federal, State, and local agencies, tribes, and the public of our intentions to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a proposal to adopt a regulation that clarifies that the MBTA's prohibitions on pursuing, hunting, taking, capturing, killing, or attempting to do the same, apply only to actions directed at migratory birds, their nests, or their eggs, and, therefore, do not extend to incidental take, which occurs when injury or mortality to migratory birds results from, but is not the purpose of, an activity. FWS invites input on the scope of the proposed NEPA analysis, the pertinent issues to address, and alternatives to FWS's proposed approach for implementing the MBTA. FWS plans to hold multiple public scoping webinars to inform the public about the proposal. Public scoping will begin with the publication of this document in the Federal Register and will continue through 19 March 2020. POC is Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Birds, FWS at 202-208-1050. (Federal Register: 3 February 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 5913-5915).

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