[Federal Register: December 10, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 237)]
[Page 68940-68941]
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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 January 9, 2004.

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 the following 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: Mark D. Farr, Contractor for U.S. Army Corp of 
Engineers, Vicksburg District, Vicksburg, Mississippi, permit number 
    The applicant requests authorization to take (handle and release) 
the Ouachita rock pocketbook (Arkansia wheeleri) while conducting 
presence/absence and population demography surveys and individual 
tagging/marking in the Little River from Millwood Lake Dam to the 
mouth; Sulphur River from Wright Petman Dam to the mouth; McKinney 
Bayou, Hudson Creek, Maniese Bayou, and Bois d'Arc Creek, Arkansas.
    Applicant: Roel Lopez, College Station, Texas, permit number 
    The applicant requests authorization to trap Lower Keys rabbits 
(Sylvilagus palustris hefneri) from source populations and translocate 
them to Little Pine and Water Keys. Four Lower Keys rabbits (2 males 
and 2 females) would be introduced to Water Key. Two Lower Keys rabbits 
would be translocated to Little Pine Key to supplement genetic 
diversity and to resist negative effects of demographic stochastisity 
(random events) on a small founder population. The proposed activities 
would take place in Boca Chica Key, Lower Sugarloaf Key,

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Saddlebunch Keys, Little Pine Key, and Water Keys, Monroe County, 
    Applicant: Michael Matthew Gangloff, Auburn University, Alabama, 
permit number TE079863-0.
    The applicant requests to take (capture, examine, release, and 
collect relic shells) the fat threeridge (Amblema neislerii), Anthony's 
riversnail (Athearnia anthonyi), slender campeloma (Campeloma decampi), 
fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria), dromedary pearlymussel (Dromus dromas), 
lacy elimia (Elimia crenatella), Chipola slabshell (Elliptio 
chipolaensis), purple bankclimber (Elliptoideus sloatianus), yellow 
blossom (Epioblasma florentina florentina), upland combshell 
(Epioblasma metastriata), catspaw (Epioblasma obliquata obliquata), 
southern acornshell (Epioblasma othcaloogensis), southern combshell 
(Epioblasma penita), tuberacled blossom (Epioblasma torulosa torulosa), 
turgid blossom (Epioblasma tugidula), shiny pigtoe (Fusconia cor), 
finerayed pigtoe (Fusconia cuneolis), cracking pearlymussel (Hemistena 
lata), pink mucket (Lampsilis abrupta), fine-lined pocketbook 
(Lampsilis altilis), shinyrayed pocketbook (Lampsilis subangulata), 
Alabama lampmussel (Lampsilis viresens), birdwing pearlymussel (Lemiox 
rimosus), round rocksnail (Leptoxis ampla), plicate rocksnail (Leptoxis 
plicata), painted rocksnail (Leptoxis taeniata), flat pebblesnail 
(Lepyrium showalteri), cylindrical lioplax (Lioplax cyclostomaformis), 
Alabama moccasinshell (Mediondus acutissimus), Coosa moccasinshell 
(Medionidus parvulus), gulf moccasinshell (Medionidus penicillatus), 
ring pink (Obovaria retusa), littlewing pearlymussel (Pegias fibula), 
white wartyback (Plethobasus cicatricosus), orangefoot pimpleback 
(Plethobasus copperianus), clubshell (Pleurobema clava), black 
clubshell (Pleurobema curtum), southern clubshell (Pleurobema decisum), 
dark pigtoe (Pleurobema furvum), southern pigtoe (Pleurobema 
georgianum), flat pigtoe (Pleurobema marshalli), ovate clubshell 
(Pleurobema perovatum), rough pigtoe (Pleurobema plenum), oval pigtoe 
(Pleurobema pyriforme), heavy pigtoe (Pleurobema taitianum), inflated 
heelsplitter (Potamilus inflatus), triangular kidneyshell 
(Ptychobranchus greeni), armored marstonia (Pyrgulopsis pachyta), 
winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa), Cumberland monkeyface (Quadrula 
intermedia), stirrupshell (Quadrula stapes), pale lilliput (Toxolasma 
cylindrellus), tulotoma snail (Tulotoma magnifica), and Cumberland bean 
(Villosa trabalis) while conducting presence and absence surveys. The 
proposed activities would primarily occur in the rivers, lakes, and 
streams in the Mobile, Tennessee, and Appalachicola rivers, but also in 
other drainages within Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.

    Applicant: Environmental Services, Inc., Steven M. Jones, Lithonia, 
Georgia, permit number TE078880-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, exam, 
photograph, temporarily hold, and release) the gray bat (Myotis 
grisescens) while conducting a presence/absence survey at a proposed 
development site in Bartow County, Georgia.
    Applicant: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, Little 
Rock, Arkansas, permit number TE079883-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, exam, and 
release) the gray bat (Myotis grisescens), Indiana bat (Myotis 
sodalis), Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus), Arkansas 
fatmucket (Lampsilis powellii), Curtis pearlymussel (Epioblasma 
florentina curtisii), fanshell (Cyprogenia stegaria), fat pocketbook 
(Potamilus capax), Ouachita rock-pocketbook (Arkansia wheeleri), pink 
mucket (Lampsilis abrupta), scaleshell (Leptodea leptodon), speckled 
pocketbook (Lampsilis streckeri), turgid-blossom (Epioblasma 
turgidula), winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa), magazine mountain 
shagreen (Mesodon magazinensis), American burying beetle (Nicrophorus 
americanus), cave crayfish (Cambarus aculabrum), and cave crayfish 
(Cambarus zophonastes) while conducting presence/absence surveys. The 
proposed activities will take place throughout the State of Arkansas.
    Applicant: Geological Survey of Alabama, Thomas E. Shepard, 
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, permit number TE079923-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture and release) 
the boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti), slackwater darter (Etheostoma 
boschungi), and snail darter (Percina tanasi) while conducting 
presence/absence surveys in the Elk River System, Alabama.
    Applicant: Eric J. Baka, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and 
Fisheries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, permit number TE079972-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (capture, band, 
monitor nests, install drilled and insert cavities, translocate, 
release, and monitor) adult and nestling red-cockaded woodpeckers 
(Picoides borealis) while conducting presence and absence surveys, 
demographic monitoring and cavity restricting, and translocation 
activities. The proposed activities would take place in the State of 
    Applicant: Dr. Kathryn Stephenson Craven, Armstrong Atlantic State 
University, Savannah, Georgia, permit number TE079976-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (excavate nests post 
hatching, mark nests with wooden stakes, open unhatched eggs, and 
collect dead hatchlings and embryos for classification or preservation 
for research and educational purposes) loggerhead, green, Kemp's 
Ridley, leatherback, and hawksbill sea turtles while evaluating nest 
hatch success, sampling of hatched eggs for bacteria/fungus, 
investigating nest-ant interactions, monitoring of the population for 
nesting adult sea turtles, and conducting necropsy on stranded sea 
turtles. The proposed activities would occur along the coastline of the 
State of Georgia.
    Applicant: Mr. Donald Robohm, Sea Chick Mississippi Inc., 
Escatawpa, Mississippi, permit number TE080009-0.
    The applicant requests authorization to take (harass, conduct 
research using non-lethal aversion techniques) the endangered brown 
pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, at Sea Chick's facility in Jackson 
County, Mississippi, for the purpose of reducing fish predation at a 
commercial fish farming operation.

    Dated: November 24, 2003.
J. Mitch King,
Deputy Regional Director.
[FR Doc. 03-30586 Filed 12-9-03; 8:45 am]