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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BE64 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of Stephens' Kangaroo Rat 

This final rule will make a final determination on our proposal to downlist the Stephens’ kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) from endangered to threatened. This action is based on a thorough review of the best scientific and commercial data available, which indicates that the Stephens’ kangaroo rat no longer meets the definition of endangered under the Act. If this proposal is finalized, the Stephens’ kangaroo rat would remain protected as a threatened species under the Act. The FWS will also propose a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that provides for the conservation of the Stephens’ kangaroo rat. The Stephens’ kangaroo rat is found in California.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/19/2020  85 FR 50991   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/19/2020 
Final Action  12/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth Maclin
Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species, Ecological Services
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2646
Fax:703 358-1735