The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has posted a notice in the Federal Register seeking information concerning the possible designation of all live amphibians or their eggs that are infected with chytrid fungus as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act. The fungus causes chytridiomycosis, a disease deadly to amphibians, and has been identified as a primary factor leading to the decline of a number of amphibian species.
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The petition and the Notice of Inquiry are available at: http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R9-FHC-2009-0093. The public will have until December 16, 2010, to provide information on the subject of the petition.
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