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Endangered Species Recovery Permit Applications

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comment.


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 species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits certain activities that may impact endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.


To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by July 13, 2017.


Please specify the permit you are interested in by number (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX).

  • Email: Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX) in the subject line of the message.
  • U.S. Mail: Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225.
  • In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call (719) 628-2670 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.
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Kathy Konishi, Recovery Permits Coordinator, Ecological Services, (719) 628-2670 (phone); (email).

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The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The Act 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 Act 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) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 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

Documents and other information submitted with the applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written request for copies to the following office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice.

We invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to comment on the following applications. Please refer to the permit number for the application when submitting comments. Documents and other information submitted with these 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
TE040510-1ERO Resources CorporationBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)ColoradoSurvey and monitoringSpotlight surveyAmend.
TE051826-1Louisville Zoological GardensBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)KentuckyCaptive propagationHandle, captive propagation, and husbandryRenew.
TE053925-3National Park Service, Niobrara National Scenic RiverInterior least tern (Sternula antillarum athalassos)NebraskaSurvey and monitoringCapture, band, tag, bio sample, and releaseAmend.
TE37351A-1Stephen Spomer, University of Nebraska, LincolnSalt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindeoa nevadica lincolniana)NebraskaCaptive propagationCapture, handle, captive propagation, and releaseRenew.
TE131398-1Lower Brule Sioux TribeBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)South DakotaSurvey and monitoringSpotlight survey, trap, vaccinate, mark, tagRenew.
TE051139-2Turner Endangered Species Fund, LLCBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)New MexicoSurvey and monitoringSpotlight survey, trap, vaccinate, mark, tagRenew.
TE040748-1Cheyenne Mountain ZooBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), Wyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri), Mexican wolf (Canis lupus ssp. Baileyi)ColoradoCaptive propagation, educational displayCapture, handle, captive propagation, and releaseRenew.
TE047285-1U.S. Geological Survey, Fort PeckPallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus)Montana, North DakotaSurvey, monitor, tag, transport, and stockCapture, handle, and releaseRenew.
TR052582-1TRC Environmental CorporationBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Utah, WyomingSurvey and monitoringSpotlight surveys, playback callsRenew.
TE27486B-1Wetland Dynamics, LLCSouthwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)ColoradoSurvey and monitoringPlayback callsAmend.
TE37337A-1National Mississippi River Museum and AquariumWyoming toad (Anaxyrus baxteri)IowaCaptive propagation, educational displayHandle, captive propagation, and husbandryRenew.
TE064682-1Prairie Wildlife Research CorporationBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, UtahSurvey and monitoringSpotlight survey, trap, vaccinate, mark, tagRenew.
TE26580C-0Milu VelardeNew Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus), gray bat (Myotis grisescens),Colorado, KansasSurvey and monitoringCapture, handle, and releaseNew.
TE26583C-0Chicago Botanic GardenWright's fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus wrightiae)UtahRemove and reduce to possessionSurvey, collect spines for genetic analysisNew.
TE09941B-2Felsburg Holt and UllevigIndiana bat (Myotis sodalist)IowaSurvey and monitoringMist net, mark and recaptureAmend.
TE121911-1Bureau of Land Management, White River Field OfficeBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)ColoradoSurvey and monitoringSpotlight survey, trap, vaccinate, mark, tagRenew.

Public Availability of Comments

All comments and materials we receive in response to these requests will be 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 Start Printed Page 27075your 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.


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

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Dated: March 28, 2017.

Nicole Alt,

Deputy Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.

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[FR Doc. 2017-12178 Filed 6-12-17; 8:45 am]