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Foreign Endangered Species; Receipt of 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, invite the public to comment on applications to conduct certain activities with foreign species that are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is issued that allows such activities. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the ESA with respect to any endangered species.

DATES:

We must receive comments by June 3, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Obtaining Documents: The applications, application supporting materials, and any comments and other materials that we receive will be available for public inspection at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2019-0023.

Submitting Comments: When submitting comments, please specify the name of the applicant and the permit number at the beginning of your comment. You may submit comments by one of the following methods:

  • Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for and submit comments on Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2019-0023.
  • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2019-0023; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

For more information, see Public Comment Procedures under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brenda Tapia, by phone at 703-358-2104, via email at DMAFR@fws.gov, or via the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Comment Procedures

A. How do I comment on submitted applications?

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.

You may submit your comments and materials by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. We will not consider comments sent by email or fax, or to an address not in ADDRESSES. We will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES).

When submitting comments, please specify the name of the applicant and the permit number at the beginning of your comment. Provide sufficient information 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.

B. May I review comments submitted by others?

You may view and comment on others' public comments at http://www.regulations.gov, unless our allowing so would violate the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) or Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

C. Who will see my comments?

If you submit a comment at http://www.regulations.gov, your entire comment, including any personal identifying information, will be posted on the website. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, such as your address, phone number, or Start Printed Page 19104email address, 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. 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.

II. Background

To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, and in consideration of section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we invite public comments on permit applications before final action is taken. With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits certain activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is issued that allows such activities. Permits issued under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA allow otherwise prohibited activities for scientific purposes or to enhance the propagation or survival of the affected species. Service regulations regarding prohibited activities with endangered species, captive-bred wildlife registrations, and permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the ESA with respect to any endangered species are available in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations in part 17.

III. Permit Applications

We invite comments on the following applications.

Applicant: Big Cat Rescue Corp., Tampa, FL; Permit No. 05660D

The applicant requests a permit to import three male captive-bred tigers (Panthera tigris) from Antigua Exotic, Escuintla, Guatemala, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification is for a single import.

Applicant: Nicola Anthony, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Permit No. 22278D

The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples of wild mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) from Gabon for the purpose of scientific research. This notification is for a single import.

Applicant: Duke University Lemur Center, Durham, NC; Permit No. 23665D

The applicant requests a permit to export one male and one female live captive-bred Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) to Cologne Zoo, Cologne, Germany, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. The notification is for a single export.

Applicant: Sedgwick County Zoological Society, Inc. Wichita, KS; Permit No. 08553D

The applicant requests a permit to import one captive-born female Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) from Ecoparque Interactivo de Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification is for a single import.

Applicant: Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtles Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Permit No. 724540

The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples from captive-born green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and wild green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) from throughout the world for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC; Permit No. 16315D

The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples from wild hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: La Coma Ranch, The Red Gate Corporation, Edinburg, TX; Permit No. 28567D

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for swamp deer (Cervus duvaucelii) 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: Masquerade Exotic Animals LLC., Milton, GA; Permit No. 05246B

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Common nameScientific name
White-headed lemurEulemur albifrons.
Ring-tailed lemurLemur catta.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurVarecia variegata.
Red-ruffed lemurVarecia rubra.

Applicant: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN; Permit No. 95132C

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following species, to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Common nameScientific name
Baird's tapirTapirus bairdii.
Clouded leopardNeofelis nebulosi.
Cotton-top tamarinSaguinus oedipus.
Red-ruffed lemurVarecia rubra.
Ring-tailed lemurLemur catta.
SiamangSymphalangus syndactylus.
Northern white-cheeked gibbonNomascus leucogenys.

Applicant: Kyle Wildlife Limited Partnership, Bandera, TX; Permit No. 85048C

The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for swamp deer (Cervus duvaucelii) 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: Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE; Permit No. 184718

The applicant requests a renewal of a permit to export and reimport nonliving museum specimens of endangered species previously accessioned into the applicant's collection for scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: La Coma Ranch, The Red Gate Corporation, Edinburg, TX; Permit No. 95196C

The applicant requests a permit authorizing the culling of excess of swamp deer (Cervus duvaucelii) from the captive herd maintained at the applicant's facility, to enhance the species' propagation and survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

IV. Next Steps

After the comment period closes, we will make decisions regarding permit Start Printed Page 19105issuance. If we issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. You may locate the notice announcing the permit issuance by searching http://www.regulations.gov for the permit number listed above in this document. For example, to find information about the potential issuance of Permit No. 12345A, you would go to regulations.gov and search for “12345A”.

V. Authority

We issue this notice under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and its implementing regulations.

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Brenda Tapia,

Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.

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[FR Doc. 2019-08998 Filed 5-2-19; 8:45 am]

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