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Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit

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ACTION:

Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.

DATES:

We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before April 2, 2012. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section by April 2, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

Brenda Tapia, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203; fax (703) 358-2280; or email DMAFR@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 (telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Comment Procedures

A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted applications?

Send your request for copies of applications or comments and materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication date, the PRT-number, and the name of the applicant in your request or submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond to your request electronically.

Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include.

The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

B. May I review comments submitted by others?

Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the address listed under ADDRESSES. The public may review documents and other information applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

II. Background

To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government,” and the President's Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 2009—Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public comment on these permit applications before final action is taken. Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Service Director.

III. Permit Applications

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN; PRT-60971A

The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from 3 captive born cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) for the purpose of scientific research on the incidence of feline infectious peritonitis in the cheetahs at the Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada.

Applicant: Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Baltimore, MD; PRT-117181

The applicant requests renewal of a permit to import biological samples from wild and captive-held Eastern Gorilla (Gorilla beringei), Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), bonobo (Pan paniscus), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), and L'hoest's monkey (Cercopithecus lhostei) for the purpose of scientific research to determine the presence and/or prevalence of infectious diseases within and between these species in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: Birds N Beasts Inc., Las Vegas, NV; PRT-62008A

The applicant requests a permit to purchase in interstate commerce one male captive-bred Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), for the purpose of enhancement of the species through conservation education and captive propagation.

Multiple Applicants

The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

Applicant: Michael Bowers, Oro Grande, CA; PRT-64010A

Applicant: Ralph Rocca, Apple Valley, CA; PRT-64011A

B. Endangered Marine Mammals

Applicant: Cathy Walsh, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL; PRT-58292A

The applicant requests a permit to take biological specimens from up to 30 wild and up to 20 captive held Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus) annually for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review.

Brenda Tapia,

Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.

[FR Doc. 2012-5021 Filed 3-1-12; 8:45 am]

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