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Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

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Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.


Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.


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.


We must receive your written comments on or before July 8, 2020.


Document availability and comment submission: Submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents, as well as 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; see table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION):

  • Email: Please refer to the respective application number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message.
  • U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Nathan Rathbun, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.
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Nathan Rathbun, 612-713-5343 (phone); (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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The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species.

A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. 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

We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public to comment on the following applications:

Application No.ApplicantSpeciesLocationActivityType of takePermit action
TE73584AIllinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, ILAdd Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus) to existing permitted species: 15 freshwater mussel speciesAdd new locations—KS, MO, OK—to existing authorized location ILConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, temporary hold, DNA sample, fin clip, release, kill, salvageAmend.
TE76362DMinnesota Zoological Garden, Apple Valley, MNHiggins' eye (pearlymussel) (Lampsilis higginsii), sheepnose mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus), snuffbox mussel (Epioblasma triquetra), spectaclecase (mussel) (Cumberlandia monodonta), winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa)IL, IA, MN, WIConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts, conduct rearing methods researchCollect, handle, transport, mark, temporary hold, collect tissue and buccal swab samples, captive propagate, headstart juveniles, release, augment, reintroduceNew.
TE31055BKory Armstrong, Atlanta, GAGray bat (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bat (M. sodalis), northern long-eared bat (M. septentrionalis), Ozark big-eared bat (Corynorhinus towsendii ingens), Virginia big-eared bat (C.t. virginianus)AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WV, WI, WYConduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impactsCapture, handle, mist-net, harp trap, band, radio-tag, releaseRenew.

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 Start Printed Page 35106review, 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.


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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Lori Nordstrom,

Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services.

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[FR Doc. 2020-12321 Filed 6-5-20; 8:45 am]