[Federal Register: October 1, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 190)]
[Page 56646-56647]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species Permits

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permits.


SUMMARY: The public is invited to comment on the following applications 
to conduct certain activities with endangered species. We provide this 
notice pursuant to section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 
as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

DATES: We must receive written data or comments on these applications 
at the address given below, by October 31, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Documents and other information submitted with these 
applications are available for review, subject to the requirements of 
the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who 
submits a written request for a copy of such documents to the following 
office within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice: U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 200, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30345 (Attn: Victoria Davis, Permit Biologist).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Davis, telephone (404) 679-
4176; facsimile (404) 679-7081.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The public is invited to comment on the 
following applications for permits to conduct certain activities with 
endangered species. If you wish to comment, you may submit comments by 
any one of several methods. You may mail comments to the Service's 
Regional Office (see ADDRESSES section) or via electronic mail (e-mail) to ``victoria_davis@fws.gov''. Please submit electronic comments as an 
ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of 
encryption. Please also include your name and return address in your e-
mail message. If you do not receive a confirmation from the Service 
that we have received your e-mail message, contact us directly at the 
telephone number listed above (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 
section). Finally, you may hand deliver comments to the Service office 
listed above (see ADDRESSES section).
    Our practice is to make comments, including names and home 
addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular 
business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold 
their home address from the administrative record. We will honor such 
requests to the extent allowable by law. There may also be other 
circumstances in which we would withhold from the administrative record 
a respondent's identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to 
withhold your name and address, you must state this prominently at the 
beginning of your comments. However, we will not consider anonymous 
comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or 
businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as 
representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available 
for public inspection in their entirety.


Applicant: Troy L. Best, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

    The applicant requests authorization to take (survey, capture, 
examine, and release) the gray bat (Myotis grisescens) while 
determining the size of the population and the age and sexual 
composition of the colony throughout the annual activity period. The 
activities would take place in Blowing Spring Cave, Lauderdale County, 


Applicant: University of Florida, Dr. Frank Mazzotti, Fort Lauderdale 

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    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, radio tag, 
examine, tag, measure, and monitor and disturb nest) the American 
crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) while conducting population surveys and 
monitoring. The proposed activities would take place throughout the 
state of Florida.


Applicant: State of Georgia, Georgia Department of Transportation, 
William Bouthillier, Atlanta, Georgia

    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, identify, 
and release) all federally listed freshwater fishes and mollusks, 
identified in 50 CFR 17.11 in the State of Georgia along with the 
Eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi). The proposed 
activities would take place throughout the state of Georgia while 
conducting surveys for transportation projects.


Applicant: Carlos E. Diez and Robert P. Van Dam, Puerto Rico Department 
of Natural and Environmental Resources, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, collect, 
relocate, and euthanize) Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys 
imbricata), for the purposes of conducting genetic studies on 200 eggs 
and 420 hatchlings to determine the sex ratios of the hatchlings that 
are being produced on Mona Island. The proposed study consists of three 
phases: (1) Determination of the pivotal temperature (the incubation 
temperature at which both sexes are produced in equal proportion); (2) 
a methodological validation; and (3) the estimation of the sex ratio in 
hatchlings incubated on Mona Island's beaches. The proposed activities 
will take place on Mona Island, Puerto Rico.

    Dated: September 19, 2003.
Sam D. Hamilton,
Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 03-24837 Filed 9-30-03; 8:45 am]