[Federal Register: September 17, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 179)]
[Page 47814-47815]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2009-N190; 30120-1113-0000-F6]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of permit applications; request for


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. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species
Act (Act) prohibits activities with endangered and threatened species
unless a Federal permit allows such activity. The Act requires that we
invite public comment before issuing these permits.

DATES: We must receive any written comments on or before October 19,

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to the Regional Director, Attn: Peter
Fasbender, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 1
Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056; electronic mail,

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Fasbender, (612) 713-5343.



    We invite public comment on the following permit applications for
certain activities with endangered species authorized by section
10(a)(1)(A) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and our regulations
governing the taking of endangered species in the Code of Federal
Regulations at 50 CFR 17. Submit your written data, comments, or
request for a copy of the complete application to the address shown in
ADDRESSES. When submitting comments, please refer to the appropriate
permit application number.

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Permit Applications

Permit Application Number: TE224720

Applicant: ABR, Inc., Environmental Research & Services, Forest Grove,

    The applicant requests a permit to take (harass through capture and
release; collection of hair and tissue samples) Indiana bats (Myotis
sodalis) and gray bats (Myotis grisescens) throughout the States of
Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Proposed activities under this permit application include surveys to
document species' presence or absence in areas proposed for wind-energy
development, studies to document habitat use, collection of
echolocation data and hair/tissue sampling for scientific research. The
applicant's proposed activities are aimed at enhancement of the
survival of the species in the wild.

Permit Application Number: TE224719

Applicant: Richard B. King, DeKalb, Illinois.

    The applicant requests renewal of a permit to take the Lake Erie
water snake (Nerodia sipedon insularum) in the State of Ohio. Proposed
activities include capture and release of snakes, insertion of PIT tags
or radio transmitters, blood sampling, stomach sampling, and
temporarily holding snakes for scientific study or public exhibition.
These proposed activities are for enhancement of the survival of the
species in the wild.

Permit Application Number: TE226335

Applicant: Michael C. Quist, Ames, Iowa.

    The applicant requests a permit to take the Topeka shiner (Notropis
topeka) in the State of Iowa. Proposed activities include capture and
release to determine presence or absence of the species and to study
species' distribution. The applicant also proposes to take voucher
specimens to document presence of the species in formerly undocumented
sites or in sites where documentation is over 20 years old. These
proposed activities are for the enhancement of survival of the species
in the wild.

Permit Application Number: TE195082-1

Applicant: Thomas E. Tomasi, Springfield, Missouri.

    The applicant requests an amendment to his permit to add Virginia
big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) to the list of
species covered by the permit. In addition, this amendment request
seeks authorization to capture and temporarily hold Virginia big-eared
bats and gray bats at Missouri State University for a period of five
months during hibernation. Bats are proposed to be captured from caves
in Missouri and Kentucky and will be returned unharmed to point of
capture at the end of the hibernation period. The proposed research
activity is aimed at enhancement of survival of the species in the

Public Comments

    We seek public review and comments on these permit applications.
Please refer to the permit number when you submit comments. Comments
and materials we receive are available for public inspection, by
appointment, during normal business hours at the address shown in the
ADDRESSES section. 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 us in your comment to withhold your personal
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we
will be able to do so.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

    In compliance with NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), we have made an
initial determination that the proposed activities in these permits are
categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental
assessment or environmental impact statement (516 DM 6 Appendix 1,

    Dated: September 11, 2009.
Lynn M. Lewis,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Region 3.
[FR Doc. E9-22375 Filed 9-16-09; 8:45 am]