Feds delay Ivory-bill choice for six months


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service introduced Wednesday that it’s going to give itself six extra months to resolve whether or not to delist the Ivory-billed Woodpecker “attributable to extinction.”

The company can be reopening the public-comment interval on the proposed delisting rule for 30 days. The general public-comment interval begins in the present day, July 7. All feedback should be obtained earlier than midnight on August 8.

Final September, the company revealed a proposed rule to take away 23 species from the federal listing of endangered and threatened wildlife and vegetation attributable to extinction.

The woodpecker was on the listing and drove many of the media protection of the proposal. Sadly, most of the tales claimed that the company had already determined that the chicken is extinct, giving the general public the impression that the chicken is gone for good.

Just a few days after the proposed rule was introduced, we revealed a narrative through which a number of long-time Ivory-bill searchers stated delisting the chicken can be “absurd” and “actually untimely.”

After the September proposal, the company opened a 60-day public-comment interval, and on January 26, 2022, on the request of advocates with Mission Ivorybill, it held a web-based public listening to through which most members argued in opposition to delisting the chicken. One other 30-day public-comment interval was opened after the listening to.

“Recognizing substantial disagreement amongst specialists relating to the standing of the species, the Service is extending the deadline to permit for extra time to assessment info,” the company introduced in a press launch in regards to the six-month extension. 

An announcement in in the present day’s Federal Register provides: “This example has led to a major disagreement relating to whether or not the species is extinct. Subsequently, in consideration of the disagreements amongst specialists surrounding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker’s standing, we’re extending the ultimate dedication on the proposal to delist the species for six months with a view to solicit further info that may assist to make clear these points.”

“The Service is searching for new info through the 30-day reopening, together with clear video or photographic proof of the presence of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker that may be repeatedly interpreted the identical manner by unbiased observers, resembling definitive photographic proof collected by a discipline observer,” the company stated. “Feedback supplied through the preliminary proposal and the earlier reopening don’t have to be resubmitted.”

Info on the right way to submit feedback earlier than August 8 is offered at

Unique: Video provided as proof of Ivory-billed Woodpecker

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