Migratory Bird Permits; Abatement Regulations, 39368-39369 [2011-16880]

Download as PDF 39368 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 6, 2011 / Proposed Rules eagles held for falconry are golden eagles, and most were removed from the wild due to livestock depredation. Most eagles held for exhibition/education and Native American aviaries are nonreleasable bald eagles and golden eagles obtained from permitted rehabilitators. We are assessing whether captive-bred eagles should be available for these or other purposes. We solicit comments and suggestions on all aspects of bald eagle and golden eagle propagation and potential regulations to govern Federal permitting of this activity. We particularly solicit comments on the topics listed below. Explaining your reasons and rationale for your comments will help as we consider them. (1) Whether to allow propagation of bald eagles and golden eagles under raptor propagation permits. (2) Qualifications and experience necessary to propagate eagles. (3) Limits or restrictions that should apply to propagation of eagles. (4) Special restrictions that should apply with regard to imprinting. (5) Whether propagators should be allowed to hybridize bald eagles and golden eagles with other species of eagles. (6) Restrictions on purposes for which captive-bred eagles may be held. (7) Qualifications and experience necessary to possess a captive-bred bald eagle or golden eagle. (8) Special facilities requirements for propagation of golden eagles and bald eagles. (9) Report information that should be required from a permit holder, if any. (10) Other conditions that should apply to these permits. Advance notice of proposed rulemaking. ACTION: Dated: June 27, 2011. Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. We are considering promulgating migratory bird permit regulations for a permit to use raptors (birds of prey) in abatement activities. Abatement means the use of trained raptors to flush, scare (haze), or take birds or other wildlife to mitigate damage or other problems, including risks to human health and safety. We have permitted this activity under special purpose permits since 2007 pursuant to a migratory bird permit policy memorandum. We now intend to prepare a specific permit regulation to authorize this activity. We seek information and suggestions from the public to help us formulate any proposed regulation. DATES: We must receive any comments or suggestions by October 4, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may only submit comments or suggestions by the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. We will not post duplicate comments from any entity, nor will they be put into our administrative record for this issue. • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attention FWS– R9–MB–2009–0045; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203– 1610. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Lawrence at 703–358–2016. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2011–16877 Filed 7–5–11; 8:45 am] Public Comments BILLING CODE 4310–55–P We request comments and suggestions on this topic from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties. You may submit your comments and materials concerning this issue by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. We will not consider comments sent by e-mail or fax or to an address not listed in the ADDRESSES section. If you submit a comment via http:// www.regulations.gov, your entire comment—including any personal identifying information—will be posted on the Web site. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 50 CFR Part 21 [Docket Number FWS–R9–MB–2009–0045; 91200–1231–9BPP] RIN 1018–AW75 Migratory Bird Permits; Abatement Regulations AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Jul 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 personal identifying information, 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. We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov. Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we use in preparing a proposed rule, will be available for public inspection at http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Background In response to public interest in the use of trained raptors to haze (scare) depredating and other problem birds from airports and agricultural crops, we drafted policy to establish a migratory bird abatement permit. On January 12, 2007, we published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 1556–1557) containing draft permit conditions for abatement permits for public comment. On December 10, 2007, we published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 69705– 69706) announcing final permit conditions. This was accompanied by Migratory Bird Permit Memorandum Number 5, Abatement Activities Using Raptors, issued August 22, 2007, available at http://www.fws.gov/ migratorybirds/mbpermits/ Memorandums/Abatement Activities Using Raptors.pdf. The policy memorandum and conditions govern current administration of Federal Migratory Bird Special Purpose Abatement permits (Federal abatement permit). Applicants for a Federal abatement permit complete and submit Service application form 3–200–79 (http:// www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-79.pdf) to their Regional Migratory Bird Permit Office. The permit provides the public with a nonlethal management tool to mitigate problems caused by birds and other wildlife. The use of raptors in abatement continues to expand, and we intend to develop a specific permit regulation to govern the activity, rather than continue to administer the permits under Special Purpose permit authority (50 CFR 21.27) and Migratory Bird Permit Memorandum Number 5. A Federal abatement permit authorizes the use of trained raptors protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to abate problems caused by migratory birds or other wildlife. Under the current policy, an individual must be a Master Falconer in good standing under the Federal falconry regulations (50 CFR 21.29) to E:\FR\FM\06JYP1.SGM 06JYP1 jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 129 / Wednesday, July 6, 2011 / Proposed Rules qualify for an abatement permit. A General or Apprentice Falconer may conduct abatement activities under the permit holder’s Federal abatement permit if the permit holder designates them as a subpermittee. Only raptors that belong to the abatement permit holder may be used under his or her abatement permit. Raptors used under a Federal abatement permit must be captive-bred and banded with a Service-issued seamless band. Any MBTA-protected raptor species (including legally held threatened or endangered species) may be used for abatement, except for golden eagles and bald eagles. There is currently no limit to the number of raptors an abatement permit holder may hold under a Federal abatement permit provided that they are properly cared for and each raptor is used for abatement activities. Facilities and equipment must meet standards described in 50 CFR 21.29. A Federal abatement permit holder may use captive-bred raptors held under his or her migratory bird master falconry permit for abatement activities without transferring them to his or her abatement permit, provided the applicable State falconry permitting authority allows this. The falconry bird used must be a species authorized for use per the conditions of the Federal abatement permit. Only the permit holder may use his or her falconry birds for abatement activities. Raptors held under a Federal abatement permit may not be used for falconry unless they are transferred to a falconry permit. Abatement permit holders must submit a completed 3–186A form (Migratory Bird Acquisition and Disposition Report) to the issuing Migratory Bird Permit Office for each raptor he or she acquires or disposes of under the permit, but they have no other reporting requirements. Among other things, we solicit suggestions as to whether reporting will have value, and what level of reporting should be required. A Federal abatement permit, by itself, does not authorize the general killing, injuring, or take of migratory birds or other wildlife. Any take of protected migratory birds by an abatement permit holder must be authorized by a Federal depredation order or depredation permit. Any harassment, disturbance, or take of bald eagles, golden eagles, or endangered or threatened species by an abatement permit holder must be authorized by the applicable Federal permit. Abatement activities must also be in accordance with any other applicable Federal, State, or Tribal law. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Jul 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 However, no additional Federal permit is required to take species that are not protected under the MBTA or any other applicable Federal law. In addition, no Federal permit is required to conduct abatement activities directed at protected migratory birds that do not amount to a take. We do not consider flushing, scaring, or hazing to meet the definition of take under the MBTA. Possession and use for abatement of exotic raptor species that are not on the list of MBTA-protected species at 50 CFR 10.13, such as Barbary falcon, Lanner falcon, and Saker falcon, is not regulated under the MBTA and is outside the scope of this notice. Hybrid raptors of MBTA-protected species would still be subject to this proposed permit regulation. Though an abatement permit would not be required for use of such species in abatement activities, any resulting take of protected migratory birds or other protected wildlife must still be authorized under the applicable Federal, State, or Tribal law or regulation. A Federal abatement permit will allow the permittee to conduct abatement at the locations identified and under the conditions listed on his or her abatement permit. A State abatement permit also may be required of an abatement practitioner. We solicit comments and suggestions on any aspect of the use of trained MBTA-protected raptors for abatement activities and potential regulations to govern Federal permitting. We particularly solicit comments on the topics listed below. Explaining the reasons and rationale for your comments where appropriate will help as we consider them in the preparation of a proposed rule. (1) Qualifications and experience necessary to qualify for a Federal abatement permit. (2) Limits on the species that should be authorized for use in abatement activities. (3) Limits on the numbers of raptors that should be authorized for use in abatement activities. (4) Qualifications and experience of subpermittees (both those authorized to fly the permit holder’s raptors and those allowed to care for birds). (5) Caging requirements for birds, while traveling, being transported and held in ‘‘temporary’’ caging for extended periods of time, i.e., multiple birds held in a trailer while conducting seasonal abatement activities at multiple locations. (6) The use of falconry birds held by subpermittees for abatement. (7) Any other considerations relating to subpermittees conducting abatement PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 39369 activities under a permit holder’s permit, including their business relationship to the permit holder. For example, should falconers located elsewhere in the United States be allowed to conduct abatement activities in their own locale as subpermittees under a permit holder’s abatement permit? Why or why not? (8) Comments on what has worked well under existing permits and what has not worked well. (9) Report information that should be required from a permit holder, if any. (10) Other conditions that should apply to these permits. (11) Examples of situations where raptors are used for abatement and information or documentation of success or lack of success in accomplishing abatement objectives. Authority: The authorities for this notice are the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 40 Stat. 755 (16 U.S.C. 703–712); Pub. L. 95–616, 92 Stat. 3112 (16 U.S.C. 712(2)); Pub. L. 106– 108, 113 Stat. 1491, and Note Following 16 U.S.C. 703. Dated: June 27, 2011. Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 21

[Docket Number FWS-R9-MB-2009-0045; 91200-1231-9BPP]
RIN 1018-AW75


Migratory Bird Permits; Abatement Regulations

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: We are considering promulgating migratory bird permit 
regulations for a permit to use raptors (birds of prey) in abatement 
activities. Abatement means the use of trained raptors to flush, scare 
(haze), or take birds or other wildlife to mitigate damage or other 
problems, including risks to human health and safety. We have permitted 
this activity under special purpose permits since 2007 pursuant to a 
migratory bird permit policy memorandum. We now intend to prepare a 
specific permit regulation to authorize this activity. We seek 
information and suggestions from the public to help us formulate any 
proposed regulation.

DATES: We must receive any comments or suggestions by October 4, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may only submit comments or suggestions by the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments. We will not post 
duplicate comments from any entity, nor will they be put into our 
administrative record for this issue.
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, 
Attention FWS-R9-MB-2009-0045; Division of Policy and Directives 
Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, 
Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203-1610.
    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide 
us (see the Public Comments section below for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Lawrence at 703-358-2016.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Comments

    We request comments and suggestions on this topic from the public, 
other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, 
industry, or any other interested parties. You may submit your comments 
and materials concerning this issue by one of the methods listed in the 
ADDRESSES section. We will not consider comments sent by e-mail or fax 
or to an address not listed in the ADDRESSES section.
    If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire 
comment--including any personal identifying information--will be posted 
on the Web site. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes 
personal identifying information, 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. We will post all 
hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov.
    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting 
documentation we use in preparing a proposed rule, will be available 
for public inspection at http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, 
during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Background

    In response to public interest in the use of trained raptors to 
haze (scare) depredating and other problem birds from airports and 
agricultural crops, we drafted policy to establish a migratory bird 
abatement permit. On January 12, 2007, we published a Federal Register 
notice (72 FR 1556-1557) containing draft permit conditions for 
abatement permits for public comment. On December 10, 2007, we 
published a Federal Register notice (72 FR 69705-69706) announcing 
final permit conditions. This was accompanied by Migratory Bird Permit 
Memorandum Number 5, Abatement Activities Using Raptors, issued August 
22, 2007, available at http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/mbpermits/Memorandums/Abatement Activities Using Raptors.pdf.
    The policy memorandum and conditions govern current administration 
of Federal Migratory Bird Special Purpose Abatement permits (Federal 
abatement permit). Applicants for a Federal abatement permit complete 
and submit Service application form 3-200-79 (http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-79.pdf) to their Regional Migratory Bird Permit Office. The 
permit provides the public with a nonlethal management tool to mitigate 
problems caused by birds and other wildlife. The use of raptors in 
abatement continues to expand, and we intend to develop a specific 
permit regulation to govern the activity, rather than continue to 
administer the permits under Special Purpose permit authority (50 CFR 
21.27) and Migratory Bird Permit Memorandum Number 5.
    A Federal abatement permit authorizes the use of trained raptors 
protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to abate problems 
caused by migratory birds or other wildlife. Under the current policy, 
an individual must be a Master Falconer in good standing under the 
Federal falconry regulations (50 CFR 21.29) to

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qualify for an abatement permit. A General or Apprentice Falconer may 
conduct abatement activities under the permit holder's Federal 
abatement permit if the permit holder designates them as a 
subpermittee. Only raptors that belong to the abatement permit holder 
may be used under his or her abatement permit.
    Raptors used under a Federal abatement permit must be captive-bred 
and banded with a Service-issued seamless band. Any MBTA-protected 
raptor species (including legally held threatened or endangered 
species) may be used for abatement, except for golden eagles and bald 
eagles. There is currently no limit to the number of raptors an 
abatement permit holder may hold under a Federal abatement permit 
provided that they are properly cared for and each raptor is used for 
abatement activities. Facilities and equipment must meet standards 
described in 50 CFR 21.29.
    A Federal abatement permit holder may use captive-bred raptors held 
under his or her migratory bird master falconry permit for abatement 
activities without transferring them to his or her abatement permit, 
provided the applicable State falconry permitting authority allows 
this. The falconry bird used must be a species authorized for use per 
the conditions of the Federal abatement permit. Only the permit holder 
may use his or her falconry birds for abatement activities. Raptors 
held under a Federal abatement permit may not be used for falconry 
unless they are transferred to a falconry permit.
    Abatement permit holders must submit a completed 3-186A form 
(Migratory Bird Acquisition and Disposition Report) to the issuing 
Migratory Bird Permit Office for each raptor he or she acquires or 
disposes of under the permit, but they have no other reporting 
requirements. Among other things, we solicit suggestions as to whether 
reporting will have value, and what level of reporting should be 
required.
    A Federal abatement permit, by itself, does not authorize the 
general killing, injuring, or take of migratory birds or other 
wildlife. Any take of protected migratory birds by an abatement permit 
holder must be authorized by a Federal depredation order or depredation 
permit. Any harassment, disturbance, or take of bald eagles, golden 
eagles, or endangered or threatened species by an abatement permit 
holder must be authorized by the applicable Federal permit. Abatement 
activities must also be in accordance with any other applicable 
Federal, State, or Tribal law.
    However, no additional Federal permit is required to take species 
that are not protected under the MBTA or any other applicable Federal 
law. In addition, no Federal permit is required to conduct abatement 
activities directed at protected migratory birds that do not amount to 
a take. We do not consider flushing, scaring, or hazing to meet the 
definition of take under the MBTA.
    Possession and use for abatement of exotic raptor species that are 
not on the list of MBTA-protected species at 50 CFR 10.13, such as 
Barbary falcon, Lanner falcon, and Saker falcon, is not regulated under 
the MBTA and is outside the scope of this notice. Hybrid raptors of 
MBTA-protected species would still be subject to this proposed permit 
regulation. Though an abatement permit would not be required for use of 
such species in abatement activities, any resulting take of protected 
migratory birds or other protected wildlife must still be authorized 
under the applicable Federal, State, or Tribal law or regulation.
    A Federal abatement permit will allow the permittee to conduct 
abatement at the locations identified and under the conditions listed 
on his or her abatement permit. A State abatement permit also may be 
required of an abatement practitioner.
    We solicit comments and suggestions on any aspect of the use of 
trained MBTA-protected raptors for abatement activities and potential 
regulations to govern Federal permitting. We particularly solicit 
comments on the topics listed below. Explaining the reasons and 
rationale for your comments where appropriate will help as we consider 
them in the preparation of a proposed rule.
    (1) Qualifications and experience necessary to qualify for a 
Federal abatement permit.
    (2) Limits on the species that should be authorized for use in 
abatement activities.
    (3) Limits on the numbers of raptors that should be authorized for 
use in abatement activities.
    (4) Qualifications and experience of subpermittees (both those 
authorized to fly the permit holder's raptors and those allowed to care 
for birds).
    (5) Caging requirements for birds, while traveling, being 
transported and held in ``temporary'' caging for extended periods of 
time, i.e., multiple birds held in a trailer while conducting seasonal 
abatement activities at multiple locations.
    (6) The use of falconry birds held by subpermittees for abatement.
    (7) Any other considerations relating to subpermittees conducting 
abatement activities under a permit holder's permit, including their 
business relationship to the permit holder. For example, should 
falconers located elsewhere in the United States be allowed to conduct 
abatement activities in their own locale as subpermittees under a 
permit holder's abatement permit? Why or why not?
    (8) Comments on what has worked well under existing permits and 
what has not worked well.
    (9) Report information that should be required from a permit 
holder, if any.
    (10) Other conditions that should apply to these permits.
    (11) Examples of situations where raptors are used for abatement 
and information or documentation of success or lack of success in 
accomplishing abatement objectives.

    Authority: The authorities for this notice are the Migratory 
Bird Treaty Act, 40 Stat. 755 (16 U.S.C. 703-712); Pub. L. 95-616, 
92 Stat. 3112 (16 U.S.C. 712(2)); Pub. L. 106-108, 113 Stat. 1491, 
and Note Following 16 U.S.C. 703.

    Dated: June 27, 2011.
Rachel Jacobson,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
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