[Federal Register: October 19, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 203)]
[Page 62746-62747]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Receipt of Applications for Permit

Endangered Species

    The following applicants have applied for a permit to conduct 
certain activities with endangered species. This notice is provided 
pursuant to section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531, et seq.):

Applicant: George Carden Circus Intl Inc., Springfield, MO, PRT-716913, 
716914, 716917.

    The applicant requests a re-issuance of their permit to re-export 
and re-import Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and progeny of the 
animals currently held by the applicant and any animals acquired in the 
United States by the applicant to/from worldwide locations to enhance 
the survival of the species through conservation education. This 
notification covers activities conducted by the applicant over a three-
year period.

Applicant: Randy Miller dba Randy Miller's Predators in Action, Inc., 
Big Bear City, CA, PRT-034691.

    The applicant requests a permit to import the remains of their 
tiger (Panthera tigris) which died while traveling overseas under US 
CITES PRT-018063 for conservation education purposes. The applicant 
intends to use the remains for conservation education purposes within 
the United States.

Applicant: National Marine Fisheries Service/Southwest Fisheries 
Center, La Jolla, CA PRT-844694.

    The applicant request a permit to import biological samples (blood, 
tissue and stomach contents) from Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), 
Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Hawksbill sea turtle 
(Eretmochelys imbricata), and Olive Ridley sea turtle, (Lepidochelys 
olivacea) from worldwide sources for the purpose of scientific 
research. This notification covers activities conducted by the 
applicant over a three year period.

Applicant: White Oak Conservation Center, Yulee, FL, PRT-033790.

    The applicant requests a permit to import 6 wild caught cheetahs 
(Acinonyx jubatus) from the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, for the 
purpose of captive propagation.

Applicant: University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology, Athens, GA, 

    The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from 
captive born Rothschild's Starlings (Leucospar rothschildi) from 
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augres Manor, Trinity, Jersey, 
Channel Islands for the purpose of enhancement of the species through 
scientific research. This notification covers activities conducted by 
the applicant over a three-year period.

Applicant: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. PRT-

    The applicant request a permit to import rib bone fragments from 
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and black rhinoceros (Diceros 
bicornis) opportunistically collected from the wild from Kenya for the 
purpose of scientific research.

Applicant: The Peregrine Fund, Boise, ID, PRT-034604.

    On October 13, 2000, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a 
permit to the Peregrine Fund for the import of one blood sample (10ML) 
from a captive-held Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) from Panama. The 30-
day public comment period required by section 10(c) of the Endangered 
Species Act was waived. The Service determined that an emergency 
affecting the care and health of the eagle existed and that no 
reasonable alternative was available to the applicant.

Marine Mammals

    The public is invited to comment on the following application for a 
permit to conduct certain activities with marine

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mammals. The application was submitted to satisfy requirements of the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et 
seq.) and the regulations governing marine mammals (50 CFR 18).

    Applicant: U.S.G.S. Alaska Science Center, Anchorage AK, PRT-
    Permit Type: Take, import, and export for scientific research.
    Name and Number of Animals: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), 200.
    Summary of Activity To Be Authorized: The applicant has requested 
renewal and amendment of the permit for take activities, import and 
export to include: Chemically immobilize; ear-tag; tattoo; paint-mark; 
remove tooth; measure (including bio-electrical impedance); weigh; 
collect samples of blood, blubber, skin, and claw shavings (from the 
captured bears and from legally hunted and salvaged bears); fit up to 
50 females bears with a neck collar of either a VHF radio transmitter 
device or a satellite transmitter device; recapture and release; import 
an unspecified number of biological samples from legally acquired polar 
bears; and export an unspecified number of biological samples acquired 
from the captured bears, from legally hunted bears, and from salvaged 
bears for the purpose of scientific research.
    Source of Marine Mammals: North and Northwest coast of Alaska, pack 
and fast-ice of the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas, and import 
samples from Canada, Greenland, Norway, or Russia.
    Period of Activity: From the issuance date of the permit to October 
31, 2005.

    Applicant: Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL, PRT-
    Permit Type: Take for scientific research.
    Name and Number of Animals: Manatees (Trichechus spp.), 
approximately 50 samples from 25 individual animals annually.
    Summary of Activity To Be Authorized: The applicant has requested a 
permit to conduct stable isotopic analyses of tooth fragments taken 
from existing museum specimens of the three manatee species (T. 
inunguis, T. manatus, and T. senegalensis) and from teeth that have 
been naturally shed from captive individuals of West Indian manatees 
(T. manatus). These teeth fragments will be analyzed for the 
determination of diet composition to compare the modern manatees' diet 
with ancient manatee diet.
    Source of Marine Mammals: Existing museum specimens, captive-held 
animals in U.S. facilities.
    Period of Activity: Up to three years from the issuance date of the 

    Applicant: U.S.G.S., Biological Resources Division, Santa Cruz, CA, 
    Permit Type: Take for scientific research.
    Name and Number of Animals: Southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris 
nereis), up to 500.
    Summary of Activity To Be Authorized: The applicant has requested 
an amendment to the permit to authorize capture and flipper tagging of 
up to 500 sea otters, take blood and tooth samples from 250 animals, 
and instrument 135 animals with implanted radio transmitters. In 
addition, up to 30 of the implanted animals will be instrumented with 
TDRs (time/depth recorders); up to 10 of the implanted animals will be 
recaptured annually for the first 2 years to retrieve and replace the 
implanted radios; and up to 25 of these animals per year will be 
recaptured once for the years 3 through 5 to replace their implanted 
radios. No animals weighing less than 20 pounds will be surgically 
    Source of Marine Mammals: Entire range of Southern sea otters in 
    Period of Activity: Up to 5 years from the issuance date of the 
amended permit.

    Applicant: Branko Terkovich, Mendham, NJ, PRT-034570.
    The applicant requests a permit to import a polar bear (Ursus 
maritimus) sport-hunted from the Lancaster Sound polar bear population, 
Northwest Territories, Canada for personal use.

    Written data or comments should be submitted to the Director, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North 
Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203 and must be received 
by the Director within 30 days of the date of this publication.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has information collection approval from 
OMB through February 28, 2001. OMB Control Number 1018-0093. Federal 
Agencies may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to 
respond to a collection of information unless it displays a current 
valid OMB control number.
    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, Office of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 
700, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Phone: (703/358-2104); FAX: (703/358-

    Dated: October 13, 2000.
Charlie Chandler,
Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.
[FR Doc. 00-26944 Filed 10-18-00; 8:45 am]