Background

The Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting through Dec. 14 comments on a proposal to list as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act two endemic American Samoan land snails, the American Samoa distinct population segment of the friendly ground-dove, the Pacific sheath-tailed bat, and the mao. The FWS has determined that one or more of these five species face one or more of the following threats: habitat loss and fragmentation or degradation, collection for commercial purposes (snails only), predation, inadequate existing regulatory mechanisms, and small numbers of individuals and population.

If this rule is finalized, the following activities involving these five species will be prohibited without a permit: import into and export out of the U.S., interstate and foreign commerce, and take (i.e., harm, harass, kill, injure, etc.) within the U.S. or the territorial sea of the U.S. or upon the high seas.

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