(a) The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 541, to treat a species not listed as endangered or threatened pursuant to section 26-306 as an endangered or threatened species if he finds that: (1) Such species so closely resembles a species listed as endangered or threatened that enforcement personnel would have substantial difficulty in attempting to differentiate between it and the listed species (2) the effect of such substantial difficulty is an additional threat to the endangered or threatened species and (3) treatment of the unlisted species as an endangered or threatened species would substantially facilitate enforcement and further the policy stated in section 26-303.
(b) The regulations may include a provision to allow a person to conduct an activity which affects a species that resembles an endangered or threatened species if the person can demonstrate to the commissioner that the activity does not affect the endangered or threatened species.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-308.
(a) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 541, establishing procedures for determining whether any native species is endangered, threatened or of special concern. In making such determination, the commissioner shall consider: (1) The destruction or threatened destruction, modification or curtailment of the habitat of the species (2) overutilization of the species for commercial, recreational, scientific, educational or private purposes (3) disease, predation or competition affecting the species (4) the inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms to affect the continued existence of the species within the state or (5) other natural or man-made factors affecting the continued existence of the species within the state.
(b) Not later than June 22, 1990, the commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 541, listing native wildlife and native plants that he has determined to be endangered or threatened species or species of special concern. Not later than June 22, 1991, the commissioner shall so adopt regulations to identify, where biologically feasible, essential habitats for endangered and threatened species.
(c) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 541 to establish criteria to be included in a petition pursuant to section 4-174 to add or remove a species from the list of endangered or threatened species or species of special concern or to add or remove an area identified as an essential habitat for such species.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-306.
The commissioner shall review, at least every five years, the designation of species as endangered, threatened or of special concern, and areas identified as essential habitats to determine whether he should: (1) Add or remove any species from the list of endangered or threatened species or species of special concern (2) change the designation from one category to another (3) add or remove any area from the list of essential habitats for endangered or threatened species. The review of species that are listed as endangered by the United States Department of Interior shall be conducted, to the extent practicable, in conjunction with the periodic year review process of the Department of Interior pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-307.
The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall enforce all of the laws relating to fish and wildlife of the state and shall possess all powers necessary to fulfill the duties prescribed by law with respect thereto and to bring actions in the proper courts of this state for the enforcement of such laws and the orders and regulations adopted and promulgated by said commissioner ... Notwithstanding any provisions of the general statutes, said commissioner may destroy and dispose of any undesirable or diseased wildlife in the interest of wildlife management at any time or place and using any method consistent with professional wildlife management principles if said commissioner determines that such wildlife (1) aggressively invades, or is likely to be detrimental to, agricultural crops, native plants, livestock or wildlife, (2) is likely to be a carrier of insects, disease or parasites detrimental to such crops, plants or wildlife, (3) is likely to have a detrimental effect on natural or agricultural ecosystems, (4) is likely to be detrimental to endangered or threatened species or species of special concern, as listed in the regulations adopted by the commissioner under this chapter, or such species' essential habitats . . . The commissioner may allocate and expend for the protection, restoration, preservation and propagation of fish and wildlife all funds of the state collected, appropriated and acquired for the purpose.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-3.
The commissioner may engage in wildlife management practices, including, but not limited to: (1) Managing the wildlife resources of the state to provide sustainable, healthy populations of diverse wildlife species, including endangered and threatened species, consistent with professional wildlife management principles...
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-69.
The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 to protect and restore eelgrass, including the protection of existing eelgrass beds from degradation, the development of a restoration plan to restore eelgrass and the periodic monitoring of the effectiveness of such measures to protect and restore eelgrass.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-316.