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Sensitive species meeting postponed until Nov. 5

SALT LAKE CITY A meeting to gather input on which wildlife species in Utah should be included on the state's Sensitive Species list has been postponed until Nov. 5.

Written comments on which species should be included on the list will be accepted until Oct. 24. These comments may be sent to Bob Morgan, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources, Box 145610, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114-5610.

In addition, anyone who would like to make an oral presentation before the Wildlife Species of Concern and Habitat Designation Advisory Committee at the Nov. 5 meeting must submit a written request and supporting documentation by Oct. 17. These requests may also be sent to Bob Morgan, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources, Box 145610, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114-5610.

The list of proposed wildlife species of concern is available at wildlife.utah.gov/pdf/utsoclist.pdf. A hard copy of the list may be obtained by contacting the Division of Wildlife Resources, 1594 W. North Temple, Suite 2110, P.O. Box 146301, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114-5610 or any DWR regional office.

The Nov. 5 meeting is open to the public. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 1040 at the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City.

"The Sensitive Species meeting was originally scheduled for Sept. 25, but was postponed because we failed to notify all interested parties as required by state rule 657-48-9," said Bob Morgan, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources.

"When people look at the latest Sensitive Species list, they'll also notice two changes from the previous list," Morgan said. "We've moved the mountain plover within the list, from a candidate species for federal listing to a state species of concern, because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has deemed it unwarranted for federal listing.

"The Northern goshawk will also be added to the list," he said. "It's a state conservation species and should have appeared on the list, but was inadvertently left off."

 

 

 

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