[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 28 (Thursday, February 10, 2011)]
[Pages 7580-7581]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-3029]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-IA-2011-N023; 96300-1671-0000-P5]

Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for 

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, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act 
(MMPA) prohibits activities with listed species unless a Federal permit 
is issued that allows such activities. Both laws require that we invite 
public comment before issuing these permits.

DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before 
March 14, 2011. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit 
public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section by March 14, 2011.

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 e-mail DMAFR@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 
(telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (e-mail).


I. Public Comment Procedures

A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted 

    Send your request for copies of applications or comments and 
materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed 
under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice 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 e-mail 
or address not listed under ADDRESSES. 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 (see DATES) or comments 
delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

B. May I review comments submitted by others?

    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the address listed under ADDRESSES. 
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, 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

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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, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, section 10(a)(1)(A), as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and our regulations in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17, the Marine Mammal Protection 
Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and our regulations 
in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 18 require that we 
invite public comment before final action on these permit applications. 
Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any MMPA application 
received. If you request a hearing, give specific reasons why a hearing 
would be appropriate. The holding of such a hearing is at the 
discretion of the Service Director.

III. Permit Applications

A. Endangered Species

Applicant: 777 Ranch, Inc. Hondo TX; PRT-013008
    The applicant requests renewal of their permit authorizing 
interstate and foreign commerce, export and cull of excess male 
barasingha (Cervus duvauceli), Eld's deer (Cervus eldi), Arabian oryx 
(Oryx leucoryx), and red lechwe (Kobus leche) from their captive herd 
for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species. This 
notification covers activities conducted by the applicant over a 5-year 
Applicant: Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, Chicago, IL; PRT-090113
    The applicant requests renewal of their permit to import biological 
samples from ill and dead chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from the Gombe 
Stream Reserve, Tanzania for enhancement of the species through 
scientific research and veterinary diagnosis. This notification covers 
activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
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: Robert Amon, New Gretna, NJ; PRT-32570A
Applicant: Jerry Brenner, West Olive, MI; PRT-33348A
Applicant: Alan Smith, Sheridan, WY; PRT-33990A
Applicant: Lawrence Gill, Sheridan, WY; PRT-33992A
Applicant: David Hubbard, Stedman, NC; PRT-31720A

B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, 
AK; PRT-690038
    The applicant requests an amendment to the permit to increase in 
the number of takes of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) via aerial biopsy 
darting and paint marking for the purpose of scientific research. This 
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over 
the remainder of the 5-year period for which the permit would be valid. 
Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we are 
forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal 
Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review.

    Dated: February 4, 2011.
Brenda Tapia,
Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of 
Management Authority.
[FR Doc. 2011-3029 Filed 2-9-11; 8:45 am]