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Public comment period extended on peregrine falcon proposal



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region


           NEWS RELEASE


For Immediate Release
November 19, 1998
EA98-80


Contact: Joel Trick 920-465-7416
E-mail: Joel_Trick@mail.fws.gov
Georgia Parham 812-334-4261 x 203
E-mail: Georgia_Parham@mail.fws.gov


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED ON
PROPOSAL TO REMOVE PEREGRINE FALCON
FROM ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST; PUBLIC
HEARING SLATED FOR MADISON, WISCONSIN

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which in August
proposed to remove the recovering peregrine falcon from
the list of endangered and threatened species, is extending
the deadline for public comment on the proposal.  The
extension will allow the Service to hold a public hearing
in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 3, 1998, to allow
interested groups and individuals to present their
comments on the proposal.  The final deadline for written
comments on the proposal is now January 23, 1999.

The hearing in Madison will take place on Thursday,
December 3, at the Madison Area Technical College,
3550 Anderson Street, Room 129D.  Members of the
public may submit comments during the hearing, which
will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  An informal session,
during which people may ask questions and pick up
informational materials, will be held prior to the hearing
at 6 p.m.

Those who attend the public hearing may offer oral or
written comments.  Persons presenting oral comments are
encouraged to provide a written copy of their statement.
If attendance at the hearing is high, speakers may be
asked to limit their comments.  There is no limit on
written comments.  Written comments may also be
submitted by mail by the January 23, 1999, deadline.
Oral and written comments receive equal consideration by
the Service.

The Service proposed to delist the peregrine falcon in late
August, citing data indicating the species has recovered
following restrictions on harmful pesticides such as DDT
as well as protections and recovery programs provided
under the Endangered Species Act.  Recovery activities
undertaken by the Service, states, and other groups
include reintroduction of captive-bred falcons, relocation
of wild hatchlings, and habitat management and
protection.  The Service estimates there are more than
1,500 pairs of peregrines in the United States and Canada,
and goals for production of young have been met for most
populations.

Following the close of the comment period on January 23,
1999, the Service will evaluate the information provided
by the public.  A final decision on whether to remove the
peregrine from the endangered and threatened species list
will be made by late August 1999.

For more information on the public hearing in Madison,
contact the Service's Green Bay Field Office at 920-465-
7416.  Written comments on the peregrine proposal
should be directed to Diane Noda, Field Supervisor, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B,
Ventura, California 93003.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal
agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and
enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the
continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service
manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System comprising more than 500 national wildlife
refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special
management areas.  It also operates 66 national fish
hatcheries and 78 ecological services field stations.

The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the
Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird
populations, restores nationally significant fisheries,
conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands,
and helps foreign governments with their conservation
efforts.  It also oversees the Federal Aid program that
distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes
on fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife
agencies.

For further information about the programs and activities
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Great Lakes-
Big Rivers Region, please visit our HomePage at:
http://www.fws.gov/r3pao/

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