Notice of receipt of applications for permit.
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) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before May 16, 2012. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section by May 16, 2012.
Lisa Lierheimer, 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:
Lisa Lierheimer, (703) 358-2104 (telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email).
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 street 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.
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: Wild Acres Ranch, Sandusky, OH; PRT-64940A
The applicant requests a permit to import four captive-bred cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), one male and three females, from Bester Birds and Animals Zoo Park, Pretoria, South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species through captive breeding and zoological exhibition.
Applicant: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corpus Christi, TX; PRT-71576A
The applicant requests a permit to import one Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) found stranded in the Netherlands for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.
Applicant: The Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, TX; PRT-71351A
The applicant requests a permit to import two captive-bred Harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja), one male and one female, from UMA Vida Silvestre Jesus Estudillo Lopez, Ixtapaluca, Mexico, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species through captive breeding and zoological exhibition.
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: Jon W. Holman, West Fargo, ND; PRT-47905A
Applicant: Billy R. Hablinski, Athens, TX; PRT-71492A
B. Endangered Marine Mammals
Applicant: Edmund Gerstein, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; PRT-063561
The applicant requests a renewal of the permit to take Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) for the purpose of scientific research. The applicant is requesting no changes to his permit but an extension of time to allow him to complete a study to archive and evaluate manatee responses to controlled boat approaches; his research was hampered by weather and other circumstances beyond his control. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 2-year period.
Applicant: Dr. Milton Levin, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; PRT-48161A
The applicant requests a permit to acquire biological samples from polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) held in captivity and to import biological samples from polar bears in the wild 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.
Dated: April 6, 2012.
Lisa J. Lierheimer,
Supervisory Policy Specialist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.
[FR Doc. 2012-9035 Filed 4-13-12; 8:45 am]
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