[Federal Register: March 1, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 39)]
[Page 9251-9252]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-IA-2010-N038; 96300-1671-0000-P5]

Receipt of Applications for Permit

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 requests for documents or comments on or before 
March 31, 2010. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit 
public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section by March 31, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Brenda Tapia, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 
22203; fax (703) 558-7725; or e-mail DMAFR@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 
(telephone); (703) 558-7725 (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

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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 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: Dr. Ajit Varki, Department of Cellular and Molecular 
Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA, PRT-236267

    The applicant requests a permit to acquire from Coriell Institute, 
Camden, NJ, in interstate commerce DNA and/or cell lines from 
chimpanzee, (Pan troglodytes), gorilla (Gorilla), and Bornean orangutan 
(Pongo pygmaeus) for the purpose of scientific research. This 
notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 
one-year period.
Applicant: Exotic Feline Breeding Compound, Inc., Rosamond, CA, PRT-

    The applicant requests a permit to import one captive bred male 
Iranian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) from Aalborg Zoo, Denmark, 
for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.
    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: Terrance David Braden, Williamston, MI, PRT-231677
Applicant: Alan Maiss, Reno, NV, PRT-228691
Applicant: Conroe Taxidermy, Conroe, TX, PRT-230925

    On January 26, 2010, we published a Federal Register notice 
inviting the public to comment on several applications for permits to 
conduct certain activities with endangered species (75 FR 4103). We 
made an error in reporting the species of the animal in the Conroe 
Taxidermy application, which starts at the top of column 3 on page 
4103. The animal is not a male Scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) as we 
reported in 75 FR 4103, but rather a male Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus 
pygargus). All the other information we printed was correct. With this 
notice, we correct that error and reopen the comment period for PRT-

[B.] [Endangered Marine Mammals and] Marine Mammals

Applicant: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jacksonville, FL, PRT-770191

    The applicant requests a permit and a letter of authorization for 
the rescue, rehabilitation and release of unlimited number of stranded 
West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) in the waters of the United 
States, the import of rescued manatees, and import and export of 
biological specimens. This notification covers activities to be 
conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
    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 19, 2010.
Brenda Tapia,
Program Analyst, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.
[FR Doc. 2010-4168 Filed 2-26-10; 8:45 am]