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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BD61 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of a Nonessential Experimental Population of Black-footed Ferrets in the Southwest 

This final rule will revise the regulations for the nonessential experimental population of the black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) in Arizona. In accordance with section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and if adopted as proposed, this final rule will allow the reintroduction of ferrets across a larger landscape that includes parts of Arizona and identified contiguous Tribal land in New Mexico and Utah, and will provide a framework for establishing and managing reintroduced populations of ferrets that will allow greater management flexibility and increased landowner cooperation, as described in the proposed rule. 

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  06/25/2021  86 FR 33613   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/24/2021 
Final Action  09/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Ellis
Chief, Branch of Recovery and Conservation Planning
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2307