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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 January 17, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Submitting Comments: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2016-0143.
  • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2016-0143; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

When submitting comments, please indicate the name of the applicant and the PRT# you are commenting on. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

Viewing Comments: Comments and materials we receive will be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone 703-358-2095.

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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:

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

Endangered Species

Applicant: Louisiana State University, Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, LA; PRT-96802B

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The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from wild specimens of the Haitian solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) for the purpose of scientific research.

Applicant: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH; PRT-04186C

The applicant requests a permit to import one female captive-bred snow leopard (Uncia uncia) from Ontario, Quebec, Canada, for the purpose of enhancement of the species through captive propagation and zoological display.

Applicant: Wesley Loo, c/o Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; PRT-05827C

The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from wild specimens of the medium tree finch (Camarhynchus pauper) from Galapagos, Ecuador, for the purpose of scientific research.

Applicant: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, OH; PRT-98991B

The applicant requests a permit to import one captive-born Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) from Simon Marsh, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster, United Kingdom, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

Applicant: Michael Rohweder, St. Paul, MN; PRT-86614B

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species to enhance species propagation or survival: Spotted pond (Geoclemys hamiltonii), radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata), yellow-spot river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis), and Aquatic box turtle (Terrapene coahuila). This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: Festival Fun Parks, LLC dba Miami Seaquarium, Miami, FL; PRT-94136B

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for jackass penguins (Spheniscus demersus) to enhance species propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-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: Bryan Harlan, Dallas, TX; PRT-12235C

Applicant: Lewis Hardbower, Richardsville, VA; PRT-11262C

Applicant: Pedro Salazar, Houston, TX; PRT-11143C

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Brenda Tapia,

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

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[FR Doc. 2016-30149 Filed 12-14-16; 8:45 am]

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