Reclassification of Stephens' Kangaroo Rat (Draft)
Aug. 19, 2020
USFWS proposes to reclassify the Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) from endangered to threatened under the ESA. This proposed action is based on a thorough review of the best scientific and commercial data available, which indicates that the Stephens' kangaroo rat no longer meets the definition of endangered under the Act. If this proposal is finalized, the Stephens' kangaroo rat would remain protected as a threatened species under the Act. Comments will be accepted on this proposed rule that are received or postmarked on or before 19 October 2020. POC is Scott Sobiech, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250, Carlsbad, CA 92008; tel: 760-431-9440.
(Federal Register: 19 August 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 50991-51006).