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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

Success Story
On July 9, 2007, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published final rules delisting the bald eagle from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. According to FWS, the bald eagle population in the lower 48 states has increased from approximately 487 breeding pairs in 1963, to an estimated 9,789 breeding pairs in 2007.

The FWS final delisting of all bald eagles rejects court claims made by the Center for Biological Diversity. The CBD litigation seeks a court order compelling FWS to list bald eagles in the Sonoran Desert as a separate endangered population, and ordering FWS to designate critical habitat for the Sonoran eagles.

On the same day that it published final delisting rules, the FWS also published a draft post-delisting monitoring plan for the bald eagle. Comments are due by October 9, 2007, on the draft monitoring plan.

  • Click here to read final delisting rules.
  • Click here to read proposed monitoring plan