[Federal Register: May 14, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 93)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-LE-2010-N099] [99011-1220-0000-9B]

Information Collection Sent to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for Approval; OMB Control Number 1018-0129; Captive
Wildlife Safety Act

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY:  We (Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the
estimated burden and cost. This ICR is scheduled to expire on June 30,
2010. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to
respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently
valid OMB control number. However, under OMB regulations, we may
continue to conduct or sponsor this information collection while it is
pending at OMB.

DATES: You must send comments on or before June 14, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_DOCKET@OMB.eop.gov (e-mail).
Please provide a copy of your comments to Hope Grey, Information
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ,
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail) or hope_
grey@fws.gov (e-mail).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey by mail or e-mail (see ADDRESSES) or
by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0129.
    Title: Captive Wildlife Safety Act, 50 CFR 14.250 - 14.255.
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Accredited wildlife sanctuaries.
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: Ongoing.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 750.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 750.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 750.
    Abstract: The Captive Wildlife Safety Act (CWSA) amends the Lacey
Act by making it illegal to import, export, buy, sell, transport,
receive, or acquire, in interstate or foreign commerce, live lions,
tigers, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, cheetahs, jaguars,
or cougars, or any hybrid combination of any of these species, unless
certain exceptions are met. There are several exceptions to the
prohibitions of the CWSA, including accredited wildlife sanctuaries.
    There is no requirement for wildlife sanctuaries to submit
applications to qualify for the accredited wildlife sanctuary
exemption. Wildlife sanctuaries themselves will determine if they
qualify. To qualify, they must meet all of the following criteria:
     Approval by the United States Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) as a corporation that is exempt from taxation under section
501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which is described in
sections 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of that code.
     Do not engage in commercial trade in the prohibited
wildlife species including offspring, parts, and products.
     Do not propagate the prohibited wildlife species.
     Have no direct contact between the public and the
prohibited wildlife species.
    The basis for this information collection is the recordkeeping
requirement that we place on accredited wildlife sanctuaries. We
require accredited wildlife sanctuaries to maintain complete and
accurate records of any possession, transportation, acquisition,
disposition, importation, or exportation of the prohibited wildlife
species as defined in the CWSA (50 CFR 14, subpart K). Records must be
up to date and include: (1) the names and addresses of persons to or
from whom any prohibited wildlife species has been acquired, imported,
exported, purchased, sold, or otherwise transferred; and (2) the dates
of these transactions. Accredited wildlife sanctuaries must:
     Maintain these records for 5 years.
     Make these records accessible to Service officials for
inspection at reasonable hours.
     Copy these records for Service officials, if requested.

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    Comments: On January 21, 2010, we published in the Federal Register
(75 FR 3483) a notice of our intent to request that OMB renew this ICR.
In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 days, ending on March 22,
2010. We received 155 comments during the comment period, all of which
supported this information collection. Of these comments, 153 were
submitted as part of an electronic letterwriting campaign and two were
individual responses.
    Comments: The comments submitted as part of the letterwriting
campaign suggested that sanctuaries should make appropriate records
available to the Service and the public. Other comments suggested that:
(1) appropriate records should be made available to the Service on an
annual basis; (2) we establish an electronic recordkeeping system for
wildlife sanctuaries that other Federal, State or, local agencies could
access; and (3) wildlife sanctuaries be accredited by an independent
    Response: During development of the regulations to implement the
CWSA, we considered options for some type of formal accreditation
mechanism for wildlife sanctuaries, but concluded that it was not
practical for a number of reasons. We believe that the requirement that
wildlife sanctuaries provide records on an as-needed basis is adequate
to substantiate whether or not a particular wildlife sanctuary
qualifies as accredited under the CWSA. In addition, the Privacy Act
and the Freedom of Information Act have certain requirements pertaining
to the release of information that may prohibit us from making these
records openly available to the public. Since the Service is
responsible for determining if a wildlife sanctuary qualifies as
accredited under the CWSA, giving this responsibility to an outside
organization would not be appropriate.
    We again invite comments concerning this information collection on:
     Whether or not the collection of information is necessary,
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
     The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this
collection of information;
     Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of
information on respondents.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
public record. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail
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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it
will be done.

    Dated: May 10, 2010
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-11573 Filed 5-13-10; 8:45 am]