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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit Applications

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of availability; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the survival of endangered or threatened species. Federal law prohibits certain activities with endangered species unless a permit is obtained.

DATES:

We must receive any written comments on or before May 26, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Send written comments by U.S. mail to the Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458; or by electronic mail to permitsR3ES@fws.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Carlita Payne, (612) 713-5343.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless the activities are specifically authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species.

A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that it facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR Start Printed Page 1925817.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species.

Applications Available for Review and Comment

We invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Documents and other information the applicants have submitted with the applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

Permit Applications

Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of survival of the species in the wild.

Application No.ApplicantSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE19208CAshley MattesonIndiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern long- eared bat (M. septentrionalis)RangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, releaseNew.
TE71821ADavid ZanattaSnuffbox (Epioblasma triquetra), white cat's paw pearly mussel (E. obliquata perobliqua), northern riffleshell (E. torulosa rangiana), rayed bean (Villosa fabalis), clubshell (Pleurobema clava), rabbitsfoot mussel (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica)Michigan, Ohio, WisconsinConduct presence/absence surveys, relocations, transportCapture, handle, relocate, releaseAmend, renew.
TE120259Missouri Department of ConservationPallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)Kansas, MissouriCapture, collect morphological data, collect blood and tissue samples, use gill nets, conduct diet evaluation, hold and transport individuals for brood stockCapture, handle, release, transportAmend, renew.
TE73584AIllinois Natural History Survey15 freshwater mussel speciesIllinoisConduct presence/absence surveys, relocations, transportCapture, handle, releaseRenew.
TE40128BMainstream Commercial Divers, Inc27 freshwater mussel speciesRangewideConduct presence/absence surveysCapture, handle, releaseRenew.
TE02344AMainstream Commercial Divers, Inc20 freshwater mussel speciesRangewideConduct presence/absence surveysCapture, handle, releaseRenew.
TE48835AApplied Science and Technology IncSnuffbox (Epioblasma triquetra), white cat's paw pearly mussel (E. obliquata perobliqua), purple cat's paw pearlymussel (E. o. obliquata), northern riffleshell (E. torulosa rangiana), rayed bean (Villosa fabalis), clubshell (Pleurobema clava)Michigan, OhioConduct presence/absence surveysCapture, handle, releaseAmend, renew.
TE697830U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3Multiple mammal, bird, amphibian, fish, mussel, snail, insect, crustacean, and plant speciesIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, WisconsinConduct approved recovery activities for scientific purposes or the enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wildCapture, handle, harass, transport, propagate, hold, relocate, releaseAmend.
TE207526U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research CenterPallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus)Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North DakotaCapture, collect morphological data, collect blood and tissue sample, hold and transport individuals for brood stockCapture, handle, release, transportAmend, renew.
TE206781Ecological Specialists, Inc58 freshwater mussel speciesRangewideConduct presence/absence surveysCapture, handle, releaseAmend.
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TE07358ACivil and Environmental Consultants, IncIndiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern long- eared bat (M. septentrionalis), Virginia big-eared bat (Plecotus townsendii virginianus), Ozark big-eared bat (P.t.ingens)RangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, radio-tag, band, releaseRenew, amend.
TE06801APittsburgh Wildlife & Environmental, IncIndiana bat (Myotis sodalis), gray bat (M. grisescens), northern long- eared bat (M. septentrionalis), Big Sandy crayfish (Cambarus callainus), Guyandotte River crayfish (C. eateranus)RangewideConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, temporarily hold, releaseAmend.
TE38842ASanders Environmental IncIndiana bat (Myotis sodalis), northern long- eared bat (M. septentrionalis)Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, WisconsinConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, mist-net, radio- tag, band, releaseAmend.

National Environmental Policy Act

The proposed activities in the requested permits qualify as categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act, as provided by Department of the Interior implementing regulations in part 46 of title 43 of the CFR (43 CFR 46.205, 46.210, and 46.215).

Public Availability of Comments

We seek public review and comments on these permit applications. Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Comments and materials we receive in response to this notice are available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the address listed above in ADDRESSES.

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.

Authority

We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Dated: March 3, 2017.

Sean O. Marsan,

Acting Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.

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[FR Doc. 2017-08408 Filed 4-25-17; 8:45 am]

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