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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Endangered Species; 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. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits 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 January 7, 2013.
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 emailDMAFR@fws.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 (telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax);DMAFR@fws.gov(email).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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.), 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.

III. Permit Applications A. Endangered Species Applicant:American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY; PRT-75897A

The applicant requests a permit to import biological specimens from loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), and leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) that occur in the wild at Tetepare Island, Solomon Islands, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant:LMBI, L.P. doing business as El Coyote Ranch, Ft. Worth, TX; PRT-77706A

The applicant requests a permit to export a male captive bred southern black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor) to Zoo Leon, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, for the purpose of enhancement of the 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:Michael Spencer, Camarillo, CA; PRT-91294A Applicant:Suzanne Haldan, Scottsdale, AZ; PRT-86466A Applicant:Mike Vaughan, Norman, OK; PRT-91241A Lisa J. Lierheimer, Supervisory Policy Specialist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.