Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, First Revision (Strix occidentalis lucida)(2012)
n 1993 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida; "owl") as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl was designated in 2004, comprising approximately 3.5 million hectares (ha) (8.6 million acres [ac]) on Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah (69 FR 53182). Within the critical habitat boundaries, critical habitat includes protected and restricted habitats as defined in the original Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, completed in 1995. The species' recovery priority number is 9C, pursuant to the Endangered and Threatened Species Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines (48 FR 43098). The Mexican spotted owl meets the species recovery priority 9C category due to its moderate degree of threat, high recovery potential, taxonomic classification as a subspecies, and conflict with construction or other economic activities. Surveys since the 1995 Recovery Plan have increased our knowledge of owl distribution but not necessarily of owl abundance...
PublisherSouthwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Citation InformationFrank Howe. Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, First Revision (Strix occidentalis lucida). Albuquerque, New Mexico(2012)
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