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Migratory Bird Permits; Allowed Take of Nestling American Peregrine Falcons

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

We (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have updated information on nesting of American peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus anatum) in the western United States and have determined the allowed take of nestlings in 12 western states in 2005.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brian Millsap, Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 703-358-1714, or Dr. George T. Allen, Wildlife Biologist, (703) 358-1825.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In 2004, we completed a Final Revised Environmental Assessment (FEA) considering the take of nestling American peregrine falcons in 12 states in the western United States. Since completion of the FEA, we have consulted with the states in which take of nestlings is allowed, and have considered recent information on the numbers of nesting American peregrine falcon populations and production of young American peregrine falcons in those states, as outlined in the “Management of Falconry Take” section of the FEA. Having considered the most recent data available to us, we have updated the population information from the FEA. For states with no new statewide survey data, we assumed no population growth since the last survey. Start Printed Page 22683

The allowed take in 2004 was approximately 4.8 percent of the total estimated production of young, though actual harvest was approximately 0.5% of the estimated production. The allowed take of nestling American peregrine falcons in the western U.S. in 2005 is shown in the last column of the data summary. Because the number of nestlings allowed to be taken in each state is rounded down to the next lowest whole number, the allowed take will be approximately 3.9 percent of the total estimated production of young for 2005.

StateNesting pairs reporting in the FFA2004 Nesting pairsRecent productivity (young per nesting pair)2004 Allowed take2005 Allowed take
Alaska9309300.954444
Arizona1671671.0288
California1671671.521111
Colorado87871.7157
Idaho24261.4711
Montana41521.8944
Nevada99Insufficient Data00
New Mexcio37371.4722
Oregon70761.7056
Utah1641641.551312
Washington46461.4733
Wyoming58651.7955
Total1,8001,826NA101103

The states may regulate details of take, consistent with the federal falconry regulations found at 50 CFR 21.28 and 21.29. For example, the state may decide whether to allow take of nestlings, numbers of individuals of each sex that may be taken, timing and location of take of nestlings, restrictions on aerie access, and allocation of take among interested falconers.

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Dated: March 16, 2005.

Matt Hogan,

Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

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[FR Doc. 05-8687 Filed 4-29-05; 8:45 am]

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