Reclassifying the Virgin Islands Tree Boa From Endangered to Threatened (Draft)
Sep. 30, 2020
USFWS proposes to reclassify the Virgin Islands tree boa (Virgin Islands boa; Chilabothrus (= Epicrates) granti) from an endangered species to a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the ESA. If they finalize this rule as proposed, it would reclassify the Virgin Islands boa from endangered to threatened. This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific data, which indicate that the species' status has improved such that it is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. USFWS are also proposing a rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Act that provides measures that are necessary and advisable to provide for the conservation of the Virgin Islands boa. Further, USFWS are correcting the List to change the scientific name of the Virgin Islands boa in the List from Epicrates monensis granti to Chilabothrus granti to reflect the currently accepted taxonomy. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 30 November 2020. POC is Edwin E. Muñiz, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, Road 301 Km 5.1, Corozo Ward, Boquerón, Puerto Rico 00622; or P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, Puerto Rico 00622; tel: 787-851-7297.
(Federal Register: 30 September 2020 [Proposed Rule] Pages 617000-61717).