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Service seeks public input by July 30, 2018 on proposal to change red wolf regulations

The Virginian-Pilot
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Service seeks public input by July 30, 2018 on proposal to change red wolf regulations under Endangered Species Act. A public hearing will be held in Manteo, North Carolina on July 10, 2018. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to replace the existing regulations governing the nonessential experimental population in Eastern North Carolina of the red wolf (Canis rufus) under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. We request public comments, and announce a public information session and public hearing, on this proposed rule. We also announce the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment on the proposed replacement of the existing nonessential experimental population regulations for the red wolf. We are also initiating consultation pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and completing a compatibility determination pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. The Service is inviting the public to provide comments by one of three methods: Attend a public hearing, preceded by an information sessions on July 10, 2018 from 5:30- 9:00 p.m. at the Indoor Theater of the Roanoke Island Festival Park, One Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954. Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS- R4- ES- ?2018-0035. Mail or hand--deliver your comments to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R4-ES-2018-0035, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803. The Service will consider all comments that are received or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2018. Requests for additional public hearings and reasonable accommodations: We must receive requests for additional public hearings and reasonable accommodations, in writing by July 12, 2018 by contacting Pete Benjamin, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office, 551F Pylon Drive, Raleigh, 27606; telephone 919-856-4520; or facsimile 919-856-4556. Persons who use a TDD may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information visit https://bit.ly/2KtaTL1. VP July 7, 2018 25690774A

Appeared in: The Virginian-Pilot

Published: The Virginian-Pilot - 07/07/2018