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Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before October 22, 2012. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in theADDRESSESsection by October 22, 2012.
ADDRESSES: Brenda Tapia, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203; fax (703) 358-2280; or
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 (telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax);

I. Public Comment Procedures A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted applications?

Send your request for copies of applications or comments and materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed underADDRESSES. Please include theFederal Registernotice publication date, the PRT-number, and the name of the applicant in your request or submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email or address not listed underADDRESSES. If you provide an email address in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond to your request electronically.

Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments 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. We will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we receive after the close of the comment period (seeDATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (seeADDRESSES).

B. May I review comments submitted by others?

Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the street address listed underADDRESSES. The public may review documents and other information applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. 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.

II. Background

To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531et seq.), and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361et seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government,” and the President's Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 2009—Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public comment on these permit applications before final action is taken. Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Service Director.

III. Permit Applications A. Endangered Species Applicant: Chicago Zoological Society dba Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL; PRT-84463A

The applicant requests a permit to import one Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) for the purpose of enhancement of the survival and propagation of the species.

Multiple Applicants

The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy of one 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 enhancement of the survival of the species.

Applicant: Kyle Witwer, Fort Wayne, IN; PRT-76853A Applicant: Tammy Burns, East New Market, MD; PRT-81310A Applicant: Robert Woerner, Melville, NY; PRT-83522A Applicant: Timothy Chestnut, Spokane, WA; PRT-82650A Applicant: Robert Eslick, Chattaroy, WA; PRT-82530A Applicant: Donald Priest, Portola Valley, CA; PRT-83520A Applicant: Kevin Dunworth, Austin, TX; PRT-84493A Applicant: Timothy Jackson, Salmon, ID; PRT-83741A B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals Applicant: Shannon Atkinson, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK; PRT-81899A

The applicant requests a permit to acquire biological specimens from up to 125 northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) per year for the purpose of scientific research. The specimens would be obtained opportunistically from sea otters taken from the wild in southeast Alaska by Alaskan native subsistence hunters. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Concurrent with publishing this notice in theFederal Register, we are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine MammalCommission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review.

Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.