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Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits 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 February 4, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

Brenda Tapia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358-2281; or email DMAFR@fws.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 (telephone); (703) 358-2281 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (email).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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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.

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.), 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.

III. Permit Applications

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: Duke University, Durham, NC; PRT-215717

The applicant requests renewal of the permit to acquire in interstate and foreign commerce and to import biological specimens from various non-human primate species (Order Primates), including all species of lemurids, prosimians, New and Old World monkeys, and apes, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: Ox Ranch, Uvalde, TX; PRT-10866B

The applicant requests amendment to their existing authorization for interstate and foreign commerce and cull of excess red lechwe (Kobus leche) and Eld's deer (Rucervus eldii) from their captive heard maintained at their facility, to add Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) and Barasingha deer (Cervus duvaucelii), for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo, CO; PRT-54296B

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50CFR 17.21(g) to enhance the species' propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Species

Rodrigues fruit bat (Pteropus rodricensis)

Swift fox (Vulpes velox)

Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)

Lesser slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus)

Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)

Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi)

African penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

San Esteban chuckwalla (Sauromalus varius)

Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

Applicant: Steve Couchman, Aransas Pass, TX; PRT-49438B

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), red ruffed lemurs (Varecia rubra), and black and white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) to enhance the species' propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: Brian Beni, Pound Ridge, NY; PRT-173959

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for Galapagos tortoises (Geochelone nigra) to enhance the species' propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: Christina Tellez, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA; PRT-48474B

The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in the wild in Belize for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 3-year period.

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: Maurice Holthaus, Tucson, AZ; PRT-46302B

Applicant: Brent Abshire, Cypress, TX; PRT-47547B

Applicant: Edwin Rymut, Fort Atkinson, WI; PRT-46122B

Applicant: James Tolson, Plano, TX; PRT-51550B

Applicant: Martin Lohne, Baltimore, OH; PRT-46366B

Applicant: Browder Graves, Uvalde, TX; PRT-48915B

Applicant: George Hale, San Antonio, TX; PRT-46626B

Applicant: Donald Chumley, Lake Isabella, CA; PRT-54012B

Applicant: Dennis Jordan, Parkland, FL; PRT-54027BStart Printed Page 257

Applicant: Stanley Williams, Houston, TX; PRT-53745B

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Brenda Tapia,

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

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