Foreign Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Permit Applications, 31204-31207 [2020-11078]

Download as PDF 31204 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 100 / Friday, May 22, 2020 / Notices Plan Area The geographic scope of the Final Plan includes two plan areas. Plan Area A encompasses approximately 209,000 acres of the City of Lincoln and unincorporated lands in western Placer County and is the focus of the Final Plan. Plan Area B includes additional specific areas in Placer and Sutter Counties that are not included in Plan Area A. Combined, Plan Areas A and B cover approximately 260,000 acres. Covered Activities The proposed section 10 ITPs would allow take of 14 covered species resulting from covered activities in the proposed plan area. The applicants are requesting incidental take authorization for covered species resulting from covered activities, including urban and rural development, water management, conservation measures, and facilities maintenance. A complete description of the covered activities is provided in the Final Plan, Chapter 2. The applicants are also proposing to implement a number of project design features, including best management practices, as well as general and species-specific avoidance and minimization measures to minimize the impacts of the take from the covered activities. Covered Species The following wildlife species federally listed as endangered are proposed to be covered by the Final Plan: Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio) and vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi). The following wildlife species federally listed as threatened are proposed to be covered by the Final Plan: Giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas), California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus), and vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi). The following wildlife species that are not federally listed are also proposed to be covered by the Final Plan: Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni), California black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis coturniculus), western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea), tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor), western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata), and foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii). Two species of fish are proposed to be covered by the Final Plan under an ITP from NMFS: The Central Valley steelhead (distinct population segment; Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus), which is federally listed as threatened; and the Central Valley fall/late-fall run Chinook VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 May 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 salmon (evolutionarily significant unit; Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), which is not listed. that those requirements are met, we will issue a permit to the applicants for the incidental take of the Covered Species. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The final EIS/EIR was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing an ITP based on the Final Plan and to inform the public of the proposed action, alternatives, and associated impacts and to disclose any irreversible commitments of resources. The final EIS/EIR analyzes three alternatives in addition to the proposed action described above. The other alternatives include a no-action (i.e., no ITP) alternative, a reduced take/reduced fill alternative, and a reduced permit term alternative, and are all described in the Final EIS/EIR. The final EIS/EIR also includes all comments received on the draft EIS/EIR, draft HCP/NCCP, and responses to those comments. Authority Public Review The FWS published a notice of intent to prepare a joint EIS/EIR in the Federal Register on March 7, 2005 (70 FR 11022), announcing a 30-day public scoping period, during which the public was invited to provide written comments and attend three public meetings. The FWS published a notice of availability of the draft EIS/EIR and draft HCP/NCCP in the Federal Register on June 21, 2019 (84 FR 29224), announcing a 60-day public comment period, during which the public was invited to provide written comments and attend two public meetings. Copies of the final EIS/EIR and Final Plan are available for inspection (see ADDRESSES). Any comments we receive will become part of the public record. 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 ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Next Steps Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action subject to compliance with NEPA and the ESA. The FWS and NMFS will evaluate the application, associated documents, and any public comments we receive to determine whether the application meets the requirements of NEPA regulations and sections 7 and 10(a) of the ESA. If FWS and NMFS determine PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 We issue this notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32), and the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6 and 43 CFR 46.305). Michael Fris, Assistant Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento. [FR Doc. 2020–10401 Filed 5–21–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–HQ–IA–2020–0031; FXIA16710900000–201–FF09A30000] Foreign Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Permit Applications Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (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) and foreign or native species for which the Service has jurisdiction under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). With some exceptions, the ESA and the MMPA prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is issued that allows such activities. The ESA and MMPA also require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the ESA or MMPA with respect to any endangered species or marine mammals. DATES: We must receive comments by June 22, 2020. 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–2020–0031. Submitting Comments: When submitting comments, please specify the name of the applicant and the permit number at the beginning of your SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 100 / Friday, May 22, 2020 / Notices 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–2020–0031. • U.S. mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–HQ– IA–2020–0031; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. For more information, see Public Comment Procedures under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Thomas, by phone at 703–358– 2185, via email at DMAFR@fws.gov, or via the Federal Relay Service at 800– 877–8339. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 May 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 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.), and section 104(c) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), we invite public comments on permit applications before final action is taken. With some exceptions, the ESA and MMPA prohibit 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. Service regulations regarding permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the MMPA with respect to any marine mammals are available in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations in part 18. Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we are forwarding copies of the marine mammal application to the Marine Mammal Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review. III. Permit Applications We invite comments on the following applications. PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31205 A. Endangered Species Applicant: NRCAN Natural Resource Canada c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Maine Field Office, East Orland, ME; Permit No. 53601D The applicant requests authorization to export to Canada wild furbish lousewort (Pedicularis furbishiae) seeds collected in Maine for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL; Permit No. 69662D The applicant requests authorization to import seed and pollen of the Olulu plant (Brighamia insignis) from multiple botanic institutions for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA; Permit No. 63307D The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples derived from wild Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi), ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), and red-and-gray mouse lemurs (Microcebus griseorufus), taken in Madagascar, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Tony Goldberg, Madison, WI; Permit No. 56953D The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples derived from wild and captive-born common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), taken in the Republic of Congo, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification is for a single import. Applicant: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH; Permit No. 60002D The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples derived from wild black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata), taken in Madagascar, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Graham Banes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Permit No. 93299C The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples from captive-bred and wild orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii) E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 31206 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 100 / Friday, May 22, 2020 / Notices from multiple locations for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species through scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period. Applicant: Jordana Meyer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Permit No. 55307D The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples from wild African elephants (Loxodonta africana) taken in Garamba National Park, Republic of Congo, for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species through scientific research. This notification is for a single import. Applicant: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, FL; Permit No. 15196D 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 name Cabot’s tragopan pheasant. Komodo island monitor ... Congo dwarf crocodile .... African dwarf crocodile ... Chinese alligator ............. Blue-throated macaw ...... Siamese crocodile .......... Scientific name Tragopan caboti. Varanus komodoensis. Osteolaemus tetraspis osborni. Osteolaemus tetraspis. Alligator sinensis. Ara glaucogularis. Crocodylus siamensis. Applicant: Bright and Associates, LLC, dba Bright’s Zoo, Limestone, TN; Permit No. 51201D 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 name Jackass penguin ............. Baird’s tapir ..................... Cotton-top tamarin .......... Galapagos tortoise ......... Radiated tortoise ............ Lar gibbon ....................... Species name Spheniscus demersus. Tapirus bairdii. Saguinus oedipus. Chelonoidis niger. Astrochelys radiata. Hylobates lar. Applicant: Mississippi Aquarium, Gulfport, MS; Permit No. 59433D The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for jackass penguins (Spheniscus demersus) to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:17 May 21, 2020 Jkt 250001 Applicant: Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park, Peoria, IL; Permit No. 59321D 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 name Chinese alligator ............. Panamanian golden frog Mongoose lemur ............. Galapagos tortoise ......... Ring-tailed lemur ............ Mandrill ........................... Siberian tiger .................. Cotton-top tamarin .......... Alligator sinensis. Atelopus zeteki. Eulemur mongoz. Chelonoidis niger. Lemur catta. Mandrillus sphinx. Panthera tigris altaica. Saguinus oedipus. The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for snow leopards (Uncia uncia) 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: Steve Martin’s Natural Encounters, Inc., Winter Haven, FL; Permit No. 42547B The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis), to enhance the propagation or survival of the species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. Applicant: Ox Ranch Investments LLC dba Ox Hunting Ranch, Uvalde, TX; Permit No. 10867B 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. Eld’s brow-antlered deer Arabian oryx ................... Swamp deer ................... Species name Cervus eldi. Oryx leucoryx. Cervus duvauceli. Applicant: William Porter, Fort Denaud, FL; Permit No. 08333D 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. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Madagascar radiated tortoise. Galapagos tortoise ......... Blue-throated macaw ...... St. Vincent parrot ............ Cuban parrot ................... White cockatoo ............... Philippine cockatoo ......... Salmon-crested cockatoo Scientific name Geochelone radiata. Geochelone nigra. Ara glaucogularis. Amazona guildingii. Amazona leucocephala. Cacatua alba. Cacatua haematuropygia. Cacatua moluccensis. Species name Applicant: Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga, TN; Permit No. 56470D Common name Common name Sfmt 4703 Applicant: UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, Davis, CA; Permit No. 60226D The applicant requests authorization to export and reimport nonliving museum plant 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: Ox Ranch Investments LLC dba Ox Hunting Ranch, Uvalde, TX; Permit No. 10866B The applicant requests a permit authorizing the culling of excess Eld’s brow-antlered deer (Rucervus eldi), Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx), and swamp deer (Rucervus duvauceli) from the captive herd maintained at their facility, to enhance the species’ propagation and survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5year period. Applicant: Jeff Demaske, Greeley, CO; Permit No. 55199D The applicant requests a permit to import a sport hunted trophy of a hyena (Parahyaena brunnea) from Zimbabwe for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. This notification is for a single import. Applicant: Wayne P. Johnson, Long Beach, MS; Permit No. 71738D The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of a male scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) culled from a captive herd maintained in South Africa, to enhance the species’ propagation and survival. Richard Roark, Marshall, TX; Permit No. 72865D The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of one sport-hunted trophy 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. E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 100 / Friday, May 22, 2020 / Notices V. Authority We issue this notice under the authority of the Endangered Species Act Applicant: Wild Space Productions, of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et Pacific Grove, CA Permit No. 62285D seq.), and its implementing regulations, The applicant requests a permit to and the Marine Mammal Protection Act photograph southern sea otters (Enhydra of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et lutris nereis) along the coast of seq.), and its implementing regulations. California, at the locations listed below, Monica Thomas, for the purpose of enhancement of the Management Analyst, Branch of Permits, survival of the species through Division of Management Authority. educational photography. [FR Doc. 2020–11078 Filed 5–21–20; 8:45 am] • Monterey Harbour BILLING CODE 4333–15–P • Cannery Row, Pacific Grove stretch • Monterey Bay Inn, Cannery Row • Pebble Beach (Point Joe—within DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Pebble Beach) • Point Lobos (using boat launch Fish and Wildlife Service Whalers Cove) [FWS–R6–ES–2020–N044; • Monterey Bay Aquarium: Hopkins FXES11130600000–201–FF06E00000] Marine Station • Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit • Sandshell Beach—behind Cypress Applications Point • Otter Point—Perkins Park, Pacific AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Grove Interior. • Berwick Park ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit • Elkhorn Slough applications; request for comments. • Moss Landing Harbor SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and • Pescadero Wildlife Service, have received This notification covers activities to be applications for permits to conduct conducted by the applicant over a 5activities intended to enhance the year period. propagation or survival of endangered IV. Next Steps species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, After the comment period closes, we State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to will make decisions regarding permit comment on these applications. Before issuance. If we issue permits to any of issuing any of the requested permits, we the applicants listed in this notice, we will take into consideration any will publish a notice in the Federal information that we receive during the Register. You may locate the notice public comment period. announcing the permit issuance by DATES: We must receive your written searching http://www.regulations.gov comments by June 22, 2020. for the permit number listed above in this document. For example, to find ADDRESSES: Document availability and information about the potential issuance comment submission: Use one of the of Permit No. 12345A, you would go to following methods to request regulations.gov and search for documents or submit comments. ‘‘12345A’’. Requests and comments should specify B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals Application No. TE183430–3 TE045150–4 Applicant Headwaters Corporation, Kearney, NE. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Background 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. • Interior least tern (Sternula antillarum athalassos). NE ......................... Pursue for presence/absence surveys, Renew. nest monitoring, habitat management. • American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus). NE, SD, KS, OK, AR, TX. Pursue for presence/absence surveys. Hold in captivity for captive breeding and rearing, for reintroduction purposes. Jkt 250001 Take activity Permit action Location Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal 18:07 May 21, 2020 the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TE123456): • Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov. • U.S. Mail: Marjorie Nelson, Chief, Division of Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Suite 670, Lakewood, CO 80228. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Konishi, Recovery Permits Coordinator, Ecological Services, 303– 236–4224 (phone), or permitsR6ES@ fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877– 8339 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Public Availability of Comments VerDate Sep<11>2014 31207 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. PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Renew. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-HQ-IA-2020-0031; FXIA16710900000-201-FF09A30000]


Foreign Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Permit 
Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (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) and foreign or native species for which the Service 
has jurisdiction under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). With 
some exceptions, the ESA and the MMPA prohibit activities with listed 
species unless Federal authorization is issued that allows such 
activities. The ESA and MMPA also require that we invite public comment 
before issuing permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the ESA 
or MMPA with respect to any endangered species or marine mammals.

DATES: We must receive comments by June 22, 2020.

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-2020-0031.
    Submitting Comments: When submitting comments, please specify the 
name of the applicant and the permit number at the beginning of your

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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-2020-0031.
     U.S. mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. 
FWS-HQ-IA-2020-0031; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: 
PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Thomas, by phone at 703-358-
2185, via email at [email protected], or via the Federal Relay Service at 
800-877-8339.

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.), and 
section 104(c) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), we invite public comments on permit 
applications before final action is taken. With some exceptions, the 
ESA and MMPA prohibit 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. Service regulations 
regarding permits for any activity otherwise prohibited by the MMPA 
with respect to any marine mammals are available in title 50 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations in part 18. Concurrent with publishing this 
notice in the Federal Register, we are forwarding copies of the marine 
mammal application to the Marine Mammal Commission and the Committee of 
Scientific Advisors for their review.

III. Permit Applications

    We invite comments on the following applications.

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: NRCAN Natural Resource Canada c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service Maine Field Office, East Orland, ME; Permit No. 53601D
    The applicant requests authorization to export to Canada wild 
furbish lousewort (Pedicularis furbishiae) seeds collected in Maine for 
the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the species. 
This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant 
over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL; Permit No. 69662D
    The applicant requests authorization to import seed and pollen of 
the Olulu plant (Brighamia insignis) from multiple botanic institutions 
for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or survival of the 
species. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the 
applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA; Permit No. 
63307D
    The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples 
derived from wild Verreaux's sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi), ring-
tailed lemurs (Lemur catta), and red-and-gray mouse lemurs (Microcebus 
griseorufus), taken in Madagascar, for the purpose of scientific 
research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the 
applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: Tony Goldberg, Madison, WI; Permit No. 56953D
    The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples 
derived from wild and captive-born common chimpanzees (Pan 
troglodytes), taken in the Republic of Congo, for the purpose of 
scientific research. This notification is for a single import.
Applicant: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell, OH; Permit No. 60002D
    The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples 
derived from wild black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata), 
taken in Madagascar, for the purpose of scientific research. This 
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 
5-year period.
Applicant: Graham Banes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; 
Permit No. 93299C
    The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples 
from captive-bred and wild orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii)

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from multiple locations for the purpose of enhancing the propagation or 
survival of the species through scientific research. This notification 
covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year 
period.
Applicant: Jordana Meyer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Permit No. 
55307D
    The applicant requests authorization to import biological samples 
from wild African elephants (Loxodonta africana) taken in Garamba 
National Park, Republic of Congo, for the purpose of enhancing the 
propagation or survival of the species through scientific research. 
This notification is for a single import.
Applicant: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, FL; Permit No. 
15196D
    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.

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                Common name                        Scientific name
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Cabot's tragopan pheasant.................  Tragopan caboti.
Komodo island monitor.....................  Varanus komodoensis.
Congo dwarf crocodile.....................  Osteolaemus tetraspis
                                             osborni.
African dwarf crocodile...................  Osteolaemus tetraspis.
Chinese alligator.........................  Alligator sinensis.
Blue-throated macaw.......................  Ara glaucogularis.
Siamese crocodile.........................  Crocodylus siamensis.
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Applicant: Bright and Associates, LLC, dba Bright's Zoo, Limestone, TN; 
Permit No. 51201D
    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.

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                Common name                         Species name
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Jackass penguin...........................  Spheniscus demersus.
Baird's tapir.............................  Tapirus bairdii.
Cotton-top tamarin........................  Saguinus oedipus.
Galapagos tortoise........................  Chelonoidis niger.
Radiated tortoise.........................  Astrochelys radiata.
Lar gibbon................................  Hylobates lar.
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Applicant: Mississippi Aquarium, Gulfport, MS; Permit No. 59433D
    The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 
50 CFR 17.21(g) for jackass penguins (Spheniscus demersus) 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: Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park, Peoria, IL; Permit No. 59321D
    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.

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                Common name                         Species name
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Chinese alligator.........................  Alligator sinensis.
Panamanian golden frog....................  Atelopus zeteki.
Mongoose lemur............................  Eulemur mongoz.
Galapagos tortoise........................  Chelonoidis niger.
Ring-tailed lemur.........................  Lemur catta.
Mandrill..................................  Mandrillus sphinx.
Siberian tiger............................  Panthera tigris altaica.
Cotton-top tamarin........................  Saguinus oedipus.
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Applicant: Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga, TN; Permit No. 56470D
    The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 
50 CFR 17.21(g) for snow leopards (Uncia uncia) 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: Steve Martin's Natural Encounters, Inc., Winter Haven, FL; 
Permit No. 42547B
    The applicant requests a captive-bred wildlife registration under 
50 CFR 17.21(g) for blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis), 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: Ox Ranch Investments LLC dba Ox Hunting Ranch, Uvalde, TX; 
Permit No. 10867B
    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.

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                Common name                         Species name
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Eld's brow-antlered deer..................  Cervus eldi.
Arabian oryx..............................  Oryx leucoryx.
Swamp deer................................  Cervus duvauceli.
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Applicant: William Porter, Fort Denaud, FL; Permit No. 08333D
    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.

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                Common name                        Scientific name
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Madagascar radiated tortoise..............  Geochelone radiata.
Galapagos tortoise........................  Geochelone nigra.
Blue-throated macaw.......................  Ara glaucogularis.
St. Vincent parrot........................  Amazona guildingii.
Cuban parrot..............................  Amazona leucocephala.
White cockatoo............................  Cacatua alba.
Philippine cockatoo.......................  Cacatua haematuropygia.
Salmon-crested cockatoo...................  Cacatua moluccensis.
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Applicant: UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, Davis, CA; Permit No. 
60226D
    The applicant requests authorization to export and reimport 
nonliving museum plant 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: Ox Ranch Investments LLC dba Ox Hunting Ranch, Uvalde, TX; 
Permit No. 10866B
    The applicant requests a permit authorizing the culling of excess 
Eld's brow-antlered deer (Rucervus eldi), Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx), 
and swamp deer (Rucervus duvauceli) from the captive herd maintained at 
their facility, to enhance the species' propagation and survival. This 
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 
5-year period.
Applicant: Jeff Demaske, Greeley, CO; Permit No. 55199D
    The applicant requests a permit to import a sport hunted trophy of 
a hyena (Parahyaena brunnea) from Zimbabwe for the purpose of enhancing 
the propagation or survival of the species. This notification is for a 
single import.
Applicant: Wayne P. Johnson, Long Beach, MS; Permit No. 71738D
    The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of 
a male scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) culled from a captive herd 
maintained in South Africa, to enhance the species' propagation and 
survival.
Richard Roark, Marshall, TX; Permit No. 72865D
    The applicant requests a permit to import a sport-hunted trophy of 
one sport-hunted trophy 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.

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B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: Wild Space Productions, Pacific Grove, CA Permit No. 62285D
    The applicant requests a permit to photograph southern sea otters 
(Enhydra lutris nereis) along the coast of California, at the locations 
listed below, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the 
species through educational photography.

 Monterey Harbour
 Cannery Row, Pacific Grove stretch
 Monterey Bay Inn, Cannery Row
 Pebble Beach (Point Joe--within Pebble Beach)
 Point Lobos (using boat launch Whalers Cove)
 Monterey Bay Aquarium: Hopkins Marine Station
 Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea
 Sandshell Beach--behind Cypress Point
 Otter Point--Perkins Park, Pacific Grove
 Berwick Park
 Elkhorn Slough
 Moss Landing Harbor
 Pescadero

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 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, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and its implementing regulations.

Monica Thomas,
Management Analyst, Branch of Permits, Division of Management 
Authority.
[FR Doc. 2020-11078 Filed 5-21-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4333-15-P