WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2015 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will assess the status of 23 wildlife and plant species to list, delist, or reclassify their protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The species include the northern bog lemming, the wood turtle, the rusty-patched bumble bee and the regal fritillary butterfly. A full list of the 23 species and their docket numbers can be found by clicking here.

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The notice of the initiation of status reviews appears in the Sept. 18 Federal Register. FWS says interested parties may submit information for two months, or through Nov. 17. Information can be presented electronically at www.regulations.gov or by writing to this address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. BE sure to include the docket number for the specific species.

Once FWS has completed its assessments, the agency will determine whether to propose any as endangered or threatened under the ESA.  For each species, the Service must determine that listing is warranted or not warranted, and may determine that listing is warranted but currently precluded due to needs of higher priority species. 

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