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Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period.

DATES:

We must receive your written comments on or before April 12, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Document availability and comment submission: You may, within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice (see DATES), submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents, and submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TEXXXXXX):

  • Email: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective permit number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message.
  • U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Carlita Payne, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Carlita Payne, 612-713-5343; permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA.

Background

With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such activity. The ESA's definition of “take” includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.

A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found in the Code of Federal Regulations 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.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing such permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are those supported by quantitative information or studies.

Application No.ApplicantSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE06130DClaudio Gratton, Madison, WIRusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)WIConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, hold, releaseNew.
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TE99056BMarion Wells, Springfield, MOAdd Curtis pearlymussel (Epioblasma florentina curtisii), fat pocketbook (Potamilus capax), Neosho mucket (Lampsilis rafinesqueana), scaleshell mussel (Leptodea leptodon), spectaclecase (mussel) (Cumberlandia monodonta), winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa) to existing permitted species: Clubshell (Pleurobema clava), fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria), northern riffleshell (Epioblasma torulosa rangiana), pink mucket (pearly-mussel) (Lampsilis abrupta), purple cat's paw pearlymussel (E. obliquata obliquata), rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica), rayed bean (Villosa fabalis), sheepnose mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus), snuffbox mussel (E. triquetra), white catspaw (pearlymussel) (E. o. perobliqua)Add new location—MO—to existing authorized location: OHConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, temporary hold, tag, release, relocateAmend.
TE08501DAlyssa Roberts, Independence, IARusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WIConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, hold, releaseNew.

Public Availability of Comments

Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety.

Next Steps

If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

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Authority: Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Lori H. Nordstrom,

Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.

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[FR Doc. 2019-04650 Filed 3-12-19; 8:45 am]

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