The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called for a status review of 18 species currently listed as threatened or endangered. These status reviews, which are required once every five years under the Endangered Species Act, involve species from Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Canada, including the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis), Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), the Snake River physa snail (Physella natricina) and the white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus).
“A five-year review utilizes the best available scientific and commercial data on a species to determine whether its status has changed since the time of its listing or its last status review,” the Service said in a statement.
Based on the information gathered during the 60-day review period, a special USFWS committee can recommend the Service take one of four options for each species: maintain the current status, “uplist” a species from threatened to endangered, “downlist” a species from endangered to threatened, or “delist” a species no longer considered in peril.
For more information and to submit comments by the March 23 deadline, see the Federal Register announcement.