2019-13946. 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 July 31, 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-2019-0062.

    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-2019-0062.
    • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2019-0062; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: PERMA; 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 email 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: Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno, CA; Permit No. 33775D

    The applicant requests a permit to export two captive-bred male and one captive-bred female red ruffed lemurs (Varecia rubra) to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo in Flatts, Bermuda, for the purpose of enhancing the survival of the species. This notification is for a single export.

    Applicant: Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Goddard, KS; Permit No. 33206D

    The applicant requests a permit to import one captive-bred male Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) from Safari Niagara in Stevensville, Ontario, Canada, for the purpose of enhancing the survival of the species. This notification is for a single import.

    Applicant: Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, NY; Permit No. 12348D

    The applicant requests a permit to export two male and three female captive-born ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) to Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, Flatts, Bermuda, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or Start Printed Page 31336survival of the species. This notification is for a single export.

    Applicant: Brevard Zoo, Melbourne, FL; Permit No. 36852D

    The applicant requests a permit to export a female captive-hatched Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) to the Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification is for a single export.

    Applicant: Zoological Society of Pittsburg dba Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburg, PA; Permit No. 98224C

    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
    CheetahAcinonyx jubatus.
    Dama gazelleNanger dama.
    Northern white-cheeked gibbonNomascus leucogenys.
    SiamangSymphalangus syndactylus.
    Red-ruffed lemurVarecia rubra.
    Black-and-white ruffed lemurVarecia variegata variegata.
    Clouded leopardNeofelis nebulosa.

    Applicant: Zoo New England, Boston, MA; Permit No. 22280D

    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
    Panamanian golden frogAtelopus zeteki.
    African dwarf crocodileOsteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis.
    Jamaican iguanaCyclura collei.
    Andean condorVultur gryphus.
    Red-crowned craneGrus japonensis.
    Siberian craneGrus leucogeranus.
    Hooded craneGrus monacha.
    Black-necked craneGrus nigricollis.
    White-naped craneGrus vipio.
    Cabot's tragopanTragopan caboti.
    Rothschild's starling (Bali mynah)Leucopsar rothschildi.
    TigerPanthera tigris.
    Snow leopardUncia uncia.
    Cotton-top tamarinSaguinus oedipus.
    Western gorillaGorilla gorilla.
    Northern white-cheeked gibbonNomascus leucogenys.
    SiamangSymphalangus syndactylus.
    Ring-tailed lemurLemur catta.
    Baird's tapirTapirus bairdii.

    Applicant: Julio Rodriguez, Brooklyn, NY; Permit No. 35974D

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

    Multiple Trophy Applicants

    The following applicants request permits to import sport-hunted trophies of male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species.

    Applicant: Anthony Osterkamp, Orange, CA; Permit No. 41617D

    Applicant: Wayne Farnsworth, Newark, OH; Permit No. 42135D

    IV. Next Steps

    After the comment period closes, we will make decisions regarding permit issuance. 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. 2019-13946 Filed 6-28-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
07/01/2019
Department:
Interior Department
Agency:
Fish and Wildlife Service
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.
Document Number:
2019-13946
Dates:
We must receive comments by July 31, 2019.
Pages:
31335-31336 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2019-0062, FXIA16710900000-190-FF09A30000
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-13946.pdf