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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF97 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Experimental Populations; Reorganization of Species-Specific Regulations for Experimental Populations 

Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), this proposed rule would reorganize the species-specific experimental population regulations (also called special rules) at 50 CFR part 17, subpart H, and their corresponding entries on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife (List) at 50 CFR 17.11(h). Currently, FWS species-specific experimental population regulations in 50 CFR 17.84 and 17.85 are difficult to navigate, and the sections are overly long, with no room to logically grow to add new designations and regulations. Additionally, FWS experimental population designations in the List at 50 CFR 17.11(h) do not follow a standard convention for indicating the designated population. This rule would reorganize the species-specific rules in 50 CFR part 17, subpart H, and establish a convention for adding experimental populations to the List at 50 CFR 17.11(h).

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed 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  02/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth Maclin
Division of Restoration and Recovery
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2646
Fax:703 358-1735