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Endangered 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 and survival of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. 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 May 17, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Document availability and comment submission: 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) (i.e., Dana Ross TE-08964A-2):

  • Email: permitsR1ES@fws.gov.
  • U.S. Mail: Marilet Zablan, Program Manager, Restoration and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Colleen Henson, Recovery Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (503) 231-6131 (phone); permitsR1ES@fws.gov (email). 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, 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 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 (CFR) 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 Application 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 this permit. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to this application. 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.Applicant, city, stateSpeciesLocationTake activityPermit action
TE-08964A-2Dana Ross, Corvallis, ORFender's blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi), Taylor's checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha taylori)OregonHarass by pursuit, capture, handle, identify, and release.Renew.
TE-25955C-2Dr. Melissa Price, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Honolulu, HIAeo, Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni), Alae keokeo, Hawaiian coot (Fulica alai), Alae ula, Hawaiian common gallinule (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), Koloa maoli, Hawaiian duck (Anas wyvilliana)HawaiiAeo only: Harass by nest monitoring; capture, handle, measure, weigh; biosample; band, attach radio transmitters; and release. All species: Harass by nesting and observational surveys; and salvageAmend.
TE-28331D-0Cardno-GS, Honolulu, HIHumped tree snail (Partula gibba), Micronesian megapode (Megapodius laperouse)Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana IslandsHumped tree snail only: Biosample for genetic analyses. All species: Harass by surveyNew.
TE-28609D-0Wildlife Services, Sandusky, OHNēnē, Hawaiian goose (Branta sandvicensis)HawaiiHarass by capture, handle, measure, weigh, band, attach satellite transmitter, release, and monitorNew.
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TE-35731D-0Pūlama Lānai, Lānai City, HIHawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis)HawaiiHarass by survey (physical, camera, and acoustic), predator control, and salvageNew.

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. 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 a permit to the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

Authority

We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

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Eric Hein,

Acting Assistant Regional Director—Ecological Services, Pacific Region.

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[FR Doc. 2019-07595 Filed 4-16-19; 8:45 am]

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