[Federal Register: February 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 29)]
[Page 7050]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Announcement of Proposed Change to All Endangered Species Act 
Section 10(a)(1)(A) Permits Issued for the Quino Checkerspot Butterfly 
(Euphydryas editha quino)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to modify all 
scientific research permits issued pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) for the Quino 
checkerspot butterfly to authorize the following activities: survey by 
pursuit; capture; handle; release; and with prior approval from the 
Service, purposefully kill for the collection of voucher specimens.

DATES: Written comments on this proposed action must be received on or 
before March 13, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Written data or comments should be submitted to the 
Chief'Endangered Species, Ecological Services, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, 911 NE. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232-4181; Fax: (503) 
231-6243. All comments received, including names and addresses, will 
become part of the official administrative record and may be made 
available to the public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer O'Brion, Ecological Services, 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 911 NE. 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232-
4181; Fax: (503) 231-6243.



    Currently all permits issued pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(A) of the 
Act to conduct presence or absence surveys for the Quino checkerspot 
butterfly only authorize permittees to pursue the butterfly when 
conducting surveys, and no capture or handling of individuals is 
allowed. The Service would like to amend permits to authorize 
permittees to capture and handle individuals in order to confirm 
identification and either release individuals at the capture site or 
potentially kill them for voucher specimens with prior approval from 
the Service. This amendment will ensure that any changes made to the 
management of the Quino checkerspot butterfly are based on confirmed 
new locations.

    Dated: February 4, 2000.
Cynthia U. Barry,
Regional Director, Region 1, Portland, Oregon.
[FR Doc. 00-3065 Filed 2-10-00; 8:45 am]