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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 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, invite the public to comment on the following applications for a permit to conduct activities intended to recover and enhance endangered species survival. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), prohibits certain activities that may impact endangered species unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The ESA also requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits.

DATES:

To ensure consideration, please submit your written comments by May 26, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Document availability: Request documents by phone or email: Susan Jacobsen, 505-248-6641, susan_jacobsen@fws.gov.

Comment submission: Submit comments by email to fw2_te_permits@fws.gov. Please specify the permit you are interested in by number (e.g., Permit No. TE-123456).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Susan Jacobsen, Chief, Classification Start Printed Page 22745and Restoration Division, 505-248-6641. 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:

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 hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing but also such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting.

The ESA and our implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at title 50, part 17, provide for issuing such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species.

A recovery permit we issue under the ESA, section 10(a)(1)(A), authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or enhance the species' propagation or survival. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. 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.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

Documents and other information submitted with these applications are available for review by any party who submits a request as specified in ADDRESSES. Releasing documents is subject to Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) requirements.

Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. 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. Please refer to the application number when submitting comments.

Application No.ApplicantSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE802211Texas State University; Austin, TexasCoffin Cave mold beetle (Batrisodes texanus), Helotes mold beetle (Batrisodes venyivi), Robber Baron Cave meshweaver (Cicurina baronia), Madla Cave meshweaver (Cicurina madla), Bracken Bat Cave meshweaver (Cicurina venii), Government Canyon Bat Cave meshweaver (Cicurina vespera), Government Canyon Bat Cave spider (Neoleptoneta microps), Tooth Cave spider (Neoleptoneta myopica), Ground beetle (Rhadine exilis), Ground beetle (Rhadine infernalis), Tooth Cave ground beetle (Rhadine persephone), Tooth Cave pseudoscorpion (Tartarocreagris texana), Kretschmarr Cave mold beetle (Texamaurops reddelli), Cokendolpher cave harvestman (Texella cokendolpheri), Bee Creek Cave harvestman (Texella reddilli), Bone Cave harvestman (Texella reyesi), Diminutive amphipod (Gammarus hyalleloides), Pecos amphipod (Gammarus pecos), Comal Springs riffle beetle (Heterelmis comalensis), Peck's Cave amphipod (Stygobromus pecki), Comal Springs dryopid beetle (Stygoparnus comalensis)TexasPresence/absence surveys, habitat surveys, increase in speciments requestedCapture, harm, harass, injury, deathRenew.
TE63904DLewis, Chancey D.; Cameron, TexasHouston toad (Bufo houstonensis), red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis)Louisiana, TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassNew.
TE51928BMoczygema, Kevin John; San Antonio, TexasGolden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE195248Morrison, Michael L.; College Station, TexasGolden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE155413Itzkowitz, Murray; Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaLeon Spring pupfish (Cyprinodon bovinus)TexasPresence/absence surveys; collectionHarass, harm, capture, injury, deathRenew.
TE67302DEdwards, Christine E.; St. Louis, MissouriTexas trailing phlox (Phlox nivalis spp. texensis)TexasPresence/absence surveys, sample leaf/stem tissue for genetic analysisremovalNew.
TE63202BChambers, Carol L.; Flagstaff, ArizonaNew Mexico meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius luteus)Arizona, Colorado, New MexicoPresence/absence surveys, PIT taggingCapture, injury, deathRenew.
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TE68530DDewitt, Thomas J.; Austin, TexasGeorgetown salamander (Eurycea naufragia), Jollyville Plateau salamander (Eurycea tonkawae), Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis), San Marcos salamander (Eurycea nana), Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum), Austin blind salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis)TexasPresence/absence surveysCapture, harm, harassNew.
TE819541BRIC, LLC.; Albuquerque, New MexicoInterior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos), Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), Northern aplomado falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis)Arizona, New MexicoPresence/absence surveysHarass, harmRenew.
TE50643BWeaver, Vaugh D.; Wichita, KansasAmerican burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), Neosho mucket (Lampsilis rafinesqueana), Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka (=tristis))Arkansas, Kansas, OklahomaPresence/absence surveysCapture, harass, harm, injury, deathRenew.
TE060125Salt River Project; Phoenix, ArizonaSouthwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), Yuma clapper rail (Rallus longirostris yumanensis), Gila topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis)ArizonaPresence/absence surveysCapture, harm, harassRenew.
TE07059AMarsh and Associates, LLC.; Tempe, ArizonaSpikedace (Mega fulgida), loach minnow (Tiaroga cobitis), razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus), Gila topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis), desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius)ArizonaCaptive propagationCapture, harm, harass, injury, deathRenew.
TE004439Albuquerque BioPark; Albuquerque, New MexicoInterior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos), Rio Grande silvery minnow (Hybognathus amarus), Gila topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis), razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus), Gila trout (Oncorhynchus gilae), Soccoro isopod (Thermosphaeroma thermophilum), Socorro springnsail (Pyrgulopsis neomexicana), Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius), Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)New MexicoResearch, education, propagationHarass, harm, injury, deathRenew.
TE65027DMcBride Biotracking, LLC.; Flagstaff, ArizonaGierisch mallow (Sphaeralcea gierischii)ArizonaSeed collectionHarmNew.
TE57462DU.S. Army Corps of Engineers-ABQ District; Albuquerque, New MexicoInterior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos), southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), Rio Grande silvery minnow (Hybognathus amarus)Arizona, Colorado, New MexicoPresence/absence surveysHarm, harass, injury, deathRenew.
TE67183DGido, Keith B.; Manhattan, KansasSpikedace (Mega fulgida), loach minnow (Tiaroga cobitis)Arizona, New MexicoPresence/absence surveysHarm, harass, injury, deathNew.
TE69973DWhitney, James E.; Pittsburg, KansasRazorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus), Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius)Colorado, New Mexico, UtahPresence/absence surveys, electroshockingHarm, harass, injury, deathNew.
TE091551U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, Albuquerque, New MexicoMexican gray wolf (Canus lupis baileyi)Arizona, New MexicoPresence/absence surveys, management, capture, transport, handlingHarm, harass, injury, deathRenew.
TE168185Cox McLain Environmental Consultants; Austin, TexasGolden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia), interior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos), Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis), Atwatter's prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri), gray bat (Myotis griscescens), red-cockaded woodpecker (Leuconotopicus borealis), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus (=plecotus) townsendii ingens), piping plover (Charadrius melodus), northern aplomado falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis)New Mexico, Oklahoma, TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
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TE144755Reagan Smith Energy Solutions; Oklahoma City, OklahomaInterior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos)Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassAmend.
TE65030DThe Peregrine Fund; Boise, IdahoNorthern aplomado falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassNew.
TE094365National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Carlsbad, New MexicoCoffin Cave mold beetle (Batrisodes texanus), Helotes mold beetle (Batrisodes venyivi), Robber Baron Cave meshweaver (Cicurina baronia), Madla Cave meshweaver (Cicurina madla), Bracken Bat Cave meshweaver (Cicurina venii), Government Canyon Bat Cave meshweaver (Cicurina vespera), Government Canyon Bat Cave spider (Neoleptoneta microps), Tooth Cave spider (Neoleptoneta myopica), Ground beetle (Rhadine exilis), Ground beetle (Rhadine infernalis), Tooth Cave ground beetle (Rhadine persephone), Tooth Cave pseudoscorpion (Tartarocreagris texana), Kretschmarr Cave mold beetle (Texamaurops reddelli), Cokendolpher cave harvestman (Texella cokendolpheri), Bee Creek Cave harvestman (Texella reddilli), Bone Cave harvestman (Texella reyesi), Diminutive amphipod (Gammarus hyalleloides), Pecos amphipod (Gammarus pecos), Comal Springs riffle beetle (Heterelmis comalensis), Peck's Cave amphipod (Stygobromus pecki), Comal Springs dryopid beetle (Stygoparnus comalensis), Georgetown salamander (Eurycea naufragia), Jollyville Plateau salamander (Eurycea tonkawae), Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis), San Marcos salamander (Eurycea nana), Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum), Austin blind salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis), Texas hornshell (Popenaias popeii), Leon Spring pupfish (Cyprinodon bovinus), Pecos pupfish (Cyprinodon pecosensis), fountain darter (Etheostoma fonticola)Texas, New MexicoPresence/absence surveys, captureHarm, harass, injury, deathNew.
TE815490New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; Santa Fe, New MexicoBlack-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)New MexicoPresence/absence surveysHarm; harassRenew.
TE08832AUtah State University; Logan, UtahRio Grande silvery minnow (Hybognathus amarus)New MexicoPresence/absence surveys, captureHarm, harass, injury, deathRenew.
TE69747DSea Life US, LLC; San Antonio, TexasGreen sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)TexasPublic aquariumHarm, harassNew.
TE69979DMata, Barbi; Houston, TexasHouston toad (Bufo houstonensis), Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum), Austin blind salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis), Texas blind salamander (Typhlomolge rathbuni)Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, TexasPresence/absence surveys; monitoringHarm, harassNew.
TE226653The Arboretum Flagstaff; Flagstaff ArizonaPeebles Navajo cactus (Pediocactus peeblesianus var. p eeblesianus)ArizonaCollection, propagationHarmAmend.
TE35147ANewstead, David; Corpus Christi, TexasPiping plover (Charadris melodus)TexasCapture, band, presence/absence surveysHarm, harassAmend.
TE63522BLaney, Everett; Muskogee, OklahomaAmerican burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)OklahomaPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
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TE71777DLisignoli, Jenny; Albuquerque, New MexicoYuma clapper rail (Rallus longirostris yumanensis), interior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos), southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus), northern aplomado falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis)Arizona, New Mexico, CaliforniaPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassNew.
TE71795DPittenger, Dan S.; Three Rivers, CaliforniaSouthwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, NevadaPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassNew.
TE24625AWeber, Sarah; San Antonio, TexasGolden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE60013DOwen, Bryce; Wylie, TexasAmerican burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)Kansas, Oklahoma, TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassNew.
TE37418BBrown and Gay Engineers; Frisco, TexasAmerican burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), Golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia), red cockaded woodpeckerOklahoma, TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE776123Texas A&M, Galveston, TexasKemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)TexasNest relocation, rehabilitationHarm, harassRenew.
TE74321DWeaver, Sara; San Marcos, TexasHouston toad (Bufo houstonensis)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassNew.
TE22254BHanington, MichelleSouthwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, ColoradoPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE835139Hawks Aloft, Inc.; Albuquerque, NMSouthwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus)Arizona, New Mexico, ColoradoPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE78959AWeber, SarahGolden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE30430BUniversity of Houston, Clear Lake, TexasRio Grande silvery minnow (Hybognathus amarus), Comanche Springs pupfish (Cyprinodon elegans), Pecos gambusia (Gambusia nobilis), Leon Springs pupfish (Cyprindodon bovinus), Big Bend gambusia (Gambusia gaigei), Devils River minnow (Dionda diaboli), Texas wild-rice (Zizania texana)New Mexico, TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE146407Belaire Environmental, Inc.; Rockport, TexasGolden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)TexasPresence/absence surveysHarm, harassRenew.
TE829995Dallas Zoo; Dallas, TexasHouston toad (Bufo houstonensis), Barton springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum), loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), Texas blind salamander (Eurycea rathbuni)TexasCaptive breeding, rehabilitationHarm, harassRenew.
TE28891ATristan, Timothy; Corpus Christi, TexasKemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)TexasCaptive breeding, rehabilitationHarm, harassRenew.

Authority

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

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Amy Lueders,

Regional Director, Southwest Region. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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