[Federal Register: October 5, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 192)]
[Page 58237]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Emergency Exemption: Issuance of Permit for Endangered Species.

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of emergency issuance of permit for endangered species.


SUMMARY: The following permit was issued.

ADDRESSES: Documents and other information submitted for this 
application 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: U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North 
Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203, telephone (703) 
358-2104 or fax (703) 358-2281.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Division of Management Authority, 
telephone (703) 358-2104.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 16, 2005, the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service (Service) issued a permit (PRT-109802) to the Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute and State University (CVM Phase 2), Blacksburg, 
VA, to import carcasses from wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) 
collected in Tanzania for the purpose of scientific research. This 
action was authorized under Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act 
of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The Service determined 
that an emergency affecting the health and life of the chimpanzees 
existed, and that no reasonable alternative was available to the 
applicant for the following reasons.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University requested a 
permit to import carcasses from deceased animals found in the Mahale 
Mountains National Park in Kigoma, Tanzania and the Rubondo Island 
National Park in Mwanza, Tanzania for emergency and ongoing health and 
disease evaluation purposes. The carcasses will be utilized exclusively 
for diagnostic and scientific purposes. The specimens from these 
animals will be used to run diagnostic tests in order to determine the 
cause of illness and death related to an ongoing disease outbreak at 
the National Parks within the past several weeks. The necessary 
diagnostic testing is not available in Africa. The results of health 
and disease testing involving these chimpanzees will help determine 
what caused the outbreak in order to develop interventions to help 
prevent reoccurrence.

    Dated: September 16, 2005.
Michael S. Moore,
Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management 
[FR Doc. 05-19970 Filed 10-4-05; 8:45 am]