Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
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 and threatened species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 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 September 11, 2017.
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-2017-0043.
U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2017-0043; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 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 Public Comments, 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:
Joyce Russell, Government Information Specialist, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: IA; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone 703-358-2023; facsimile 703-358-2280.
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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 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. 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.Start Printed Page 37604
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; Jan. 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
We invite the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
Applicant: Liliana Cortez Ortiz, Ann Arbor, MI; PRT-26524C
The applicant requests a permit to import howler monkey (Alouatta palliata palliata) biological samples from nongovernmental organization (NGO) Asociación para el Desarrollo de Solentiname, Isla Mancarrón, El Archipielago de Solentiname, Nicaragua, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Zoological Society of Philadelphia, PA; PRT-31910C
The applicant requests a permit to import one captive born female jaguar (Panthera onca) from Zoo de Granby, Quebec, Canada, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.
Applicant: Ricardo Longoria, Natalia, TX; PRT-192403
The applicant requests renewal of a permit to authorize interstate commerce, export and cull excess barasingha (Rucervus duvaucelii), Eld's deer (Rucervus eldii), and red lechwe (Kobus lechwe) from the captive herds maintained at their facility 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: Cynthia Page-Karjian, Florida Atlantic Univ, Fort Pierce, FL; PRT-34054C
The applicant requests a permit to import DNA samples from the following species: leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), and hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) for the purpose of scientific research. This notification is for a single import.
Applicant: John Aynes, Oklahoma City, OK; PRT-29141A
The applicant requests a renewal and amendment to a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species: Golden conure/Queen of Bavaria conure (Aratinga guarouba), which is listed as the golden parakeet; red-vented cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), which is listed as the Philippine cockatoo; citron cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea citrinocristata); and blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Jason Troxell, Eagle River, AK; PRT-32830
The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) to enhance species survival. This notification covers activities conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Sal Davino, Morristown, NJ; PRT-21334C
Applicant: Sharon Fisher, Dorr, MI; PRT-32360C
The applicant requests a permit to import sport-hunted trophies of a 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 enhancing the propagation or survival of the species.
IV. Next Steps
If the Service decides to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. You may locate the Federal Register notice announcing the permit issuance date by searching in www.regulations.gov under the permit number listed in this document.
V. Public Comments
You may submit your comments and materials concerning this notice by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We will not consider comments sent by email or fax or to an address not listed in ADDRESSES.
If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire comment, including any personal identifying information, will be posted on the Web site. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov.
The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
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Government Information Specialist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.
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