[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 217 (Friday, November 8, 2013)]
[Pages 67185-67186]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26803]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-ES-2013-N245; FXES11130900000-134-FF09E32000]

Proposed Information Collection; Endangered and Threatened 
Wildlife, Experimental Populations

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC. This IC is scheduled to expire 
on May 31, 2014. We may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required 
to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: To ensure that we are able to consider your comments on this IC, 
we must receive them by January 7, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to the Service Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 2042-
PDM, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-0095'' in the subject line 
of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone).


I. Abstract

    Section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the 
Interior to establish experimental populations of endangered or 
threatened species. Because individuals of experimental populations are 
categorically protected under the

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ESA, the information we collect is important for monitoring the success 
of reintroduction efforts and recovery efforts in general. This is a 
nonform collection. Information collection requirements for 
experimental populations of endangered and threatened species are in 50 
CFR 17.84. We collect three categories of information:
    (1) General take or removal. Relates to human-related mortality 
including unintentional taking incidental to otherwise lawful 
activities (e.g., highway mortalities); animal husbandry actions 
authorized to manage the population (e.g., translocation or providing 
aid to sick, injured, or orphaned individuals); take in defense of 
human life; take related to defense of property (if authorized); or 
take in the form of authorized harassment.
    (2) Depredation-related take. Involves take for management purposes 
where livestock depredation is documented, and may include authorized 
harassment or authorized lethal take of experimental population animals 
in the act of attacking livestock.
    (3) Specimen collection, recovery, or reporting of dead 
individuals. This information documents incidental or authorized 
scientific collection. Most of the contacts with the public deal 
primarily with the reporting of sightings of experimental population 
animals or the inadvertent discovery of an injured or dead individual.
    The information that we collect includes:
     Name, address, and phone number of reporting party.
     Species involved.
     Type of incident.
     Take (quantity).
     Location and time of the reported incident.
     Description of the circumstances related to the incident.
    This information helps us to assess the effectiveness of control 
activities and to develop better means to reduce problems with 
livestock for those species where depredation is a problem. Service 
recovery specialists use the information to determine the success of 
reintroductions in relation to established recovery plan goals for the 
threatened and endangered species involved.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0095.
    Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, Experimental 
Populations, 50 CFR 17.84.
    Service Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Description of Respondents: Individuals and households, private 
sector, and State/local/tribal governments.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 101.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses: 101.
    Completion Time Per Response: 15 minutes.
    Total Annual Burden Hours: 27 (rounded).

III. Comments

    We 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. We will include or summarize each comment in our request 
to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, 
email 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 us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

    Dated: November 5, 2013.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-26803 Filed 11-7-13; 8:45 am]