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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG89 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of the Grizzly Bear in the North Cascades Ecosystem, Washington  

FWS proposes to establish a nonessential experimental population (NEP) of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the North Cascades Ecosystem, under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. Wildlife and land managers in Canada are planning reintroduction of grizzly bears in the Canadian portion of the ecosystem. Establishment of this NEP would facilitate reintroduction of grizzly bear to the region while allowing for greater certainty and management flexibility, including allowable legal incidental taking of grizzly bear, within the NEP. FWS will engage with the public through scoping meetings during the proposed rulemaking and NEPA processes. The best available data indicate that reintroduction of the grizzly bear into the North Cascades Ecosystem is biologically feasible and will promote the conservation and recovery of the species consistent with the overall grizzly bear recovery strategy.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Other Significant 
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  09/29/2023  88 FR 67193   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/13/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
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