USARK: Call for Scientific Information

Jul 3, 2014
On the Web
by Asst. Editor in Chief

On the Web - As USARK announced, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reopened the comment period on its proposal to list as “injurious” under the Lacey Act five of the species of constrictor snakes that were not included in the 2012 listing of the Burmese python and others. Specifically, these species are: Reticulated python (Python reticulatus), DeSchauensee’s anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei), Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus), Beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis), and Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor: all subspecies). The information submitted will be evaluated by FWS. They may finalize the rule and may list some, all or none of these five species.

USARK will be preparing detailed comments on the economic, social, conservation, legal, and scientific issues relevant to the proposed listing. We are calling on our partners in the research and academic community to provide new and relevant information USARK can provide FWS to assist in its determination of whether these species are, in fact, injurious within the Lacey Act’s meaning. Any information since 2010, which was the last comment period, will be beneficial.

Click the green arrow below for examples of relevant information that can be submitted.

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