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US - Critical Habitat - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Klamath River and


This final rule is written to designate a critical habitat for the Klamath River and Columbia River populations of Bull Trout.

 

The critical habitat designation includes approximately 1,748 miles of streams and 61,235 acres of lakes and marshes.

 

The reason for this designation is that at the time of listing, there are only seven remaining non-migratory populations of bull trout, and the designation is mandatory pursuant to a court order.

US - Critical Habitat - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Riverside Fairy S


FWS has designated critical habitat pursuant to section 3 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the federally endangered riverside fairy shrimp that encompasses 306 miles within Ventura, Orange, and San Diego Counties in California.

 

The riverside fairy shrimp is a freshwater crustacean that is found in vernal pools (a shallow depression that fills with rainwater and does not drain into the lower drainage section) in the coastal California area.

 

The shrimp is the second most primitive living crustacean and is the most recently discovered crustacean in California.

US - Critical Habitat - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population f


This final rule is a collaborative effort between the FWS and the states of Tennessee and Alabama and Conservation Fisheries, Inc. to reintroduce the boulder darter

(


Etheostoma wapiti


)

, an endangered fish, and the spotfin chub

(

Cyprinella

(=

Hybopsis

)

monacha

)

, a threatened fish to its historical habitat in Lauderdale County Alabama and Lawrence County, Tennessee.

 

This rule provides for Non-essential Experimental Populations (NEP) within the designated area and it establishes limited allowable legal takings in that area.

 

Additionally, this rule also changes the scientific name of the spotfin chub from

Cyprinella

(=

Hybopsis

)

monacha

to

Erimonax monachus

, to reflect a recent change in the scientific literature.

US - Critical Habitat - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Final Rule To Designate Critical Habitat for the Buena Vi


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), designated critical habitat for the Buena Vista Lake shrew (Sorex ornatus relictus) (referred to here as the shrew) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). In total, approximately 84 acres (ac) (34 hectares (ha)) occur within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation. The critical habitat is located in the Central Valley floor of Kern County, California.

US - Critical Habitat - Statements by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regarding the Designation of Critical Habitat


This excerpt is from the

Designation of Critical Habitat for the Klamath River and Columbia River Populations of Bull Trout, 69 FR 59996-01, 2004 WL 2232024 (F.R.).  It apparently expresses the opinion of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that the current process for designating critical habitat does little for the conservation of listed species.

US - Critical Habitat Listing for the Arroyo Toad
This rule designates 11,695 acres of critical habitat for the arroyo toad in


Santa Barbara


,


Ventura


,


Los Angeles


,


San Bernardino


and Riverside counties in


California


.

 

FWS had to designate critical habitat for the arroyo toad as a result of a settlement agreement in

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

.

 

The critical habitat was designated in accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and its amendments.

 

This specific critical habitat is a revision of the final rule on arroyo toad critical habitat designation of 2/1/01 (

69 FR 9414

), which was deemed deficient and was overruled.

 

US - Cruelty - § 11.446 Cruelty to animals.


This regulation concerns acts of animal cruelty on Indian reservations or under the jurisdiction of tribal courts. According to § 11.446, a person commits a misdemeanor if he or she purposely or recklessly subjects any animal in his or her custody to cruel neglect; subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment; kills or injures any animal belonging to another without legal privilege or consent of the owner; or causes one animal to fight with another.

US - Cruelty - § 48. Animal crush videos This federal law was amended in November 2019 to expand its prohibition on "animal crush videos" to "crushing" that affects interstate or foreign commerce or occurs within the special maritime or territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. "Crushing" is defined as "actual conduct in which one or more living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians is purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 and including conduct that, if committed against a person and in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, would violate section 2241 or 2242." Exceptions exist for things like veterinary care, animal husbandry, animal slaughter, hunting and fishing, medical or scientific research, personal protection, and animal euthanasia. Violation incurs a fine or imprisonment for not more than 7 years or both fine and imprisonment.
US - Disability - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Following are excerpted sections from the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that relate to assistance animals. Also included is § 1311 of the Civil Rights Act that defines discriminatory practices and outlines the remedies for such violations.
US - Disease - African rodents and other animals that may carry the monkeypox virus. 21 C.F.R. § 1240.63


The CDC and the FDA banned the possession, sale, and distribution of rodents suspected of spreading monkeypox. Note: this regulation has since been deleted and reserved.

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