[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 216 (Friday, November 7, 2014)]
[Pages 66390-66391]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26513]

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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R2-ES-2014-N235; FRES480102200B0-XXX-FF02ENEH00]

Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for Approval; Survey of Residents' Attitudes on Jaguar 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) have sent an Information 
Collection Request (ICR) to OMB for review and approval. We summarize 
the ICR below and describe the nature of the collection and the 
estimated burden and cost. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person 
is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before December 8, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments and suggestions on this information 
collection to the Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior at 
OMB-OIRA at (202) 395-5806 (fax) or OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov 
(email). Please provide a copy of your comments to the Service 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, MS BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803, 
(mail), or hope_grey@fws.gov (email). Please include ``1018-Resident'' 
in the subject line of your comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this ICR, contact Hope Grey at hope_grey@fws.gov (email) or 703-
358-2482 (telephone). You may review the ICR online at http://www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to review Department of the 
Interior collections under review by OMB.


Information Collection Request

    OMB Control Number: 1018-XXXX. This is a new collection.
    Title: Survey of Residents' Attitudes on Jaguar Conservation.
    Service Form Number: None.
    Type of Request: Request for a new OMB control number.
    Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 225.
    Description of Respondents: Individuals, land-based business 
owners/operators; government agency personnel; local wildlife 
associations; and conservation or recreation organizations.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.

                                                                     Number of       time per      Total annual
                            Activity                                 responses       response      burden hours
Initial contact.................................................             225               3              11
Complete Jaguar Survey..........................................             200              15              50
                                                                 ----------------                ---------------
    Totals......................................................             425  ..............              61

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    Abstract: This survey is designed to elicit information about the 
public's perspectives on attitudes towards and beliefs about jaguars in 
the Northwestern Recovery Unit (southern Arizona and southwestern New 
Mexico). We plan to survey 200 residents, land-based business owners/
operators, related government agency personnel, and local wildlife 
association and/or conservation organization members in the 
Northwestern Recovery Unit. The survey will gather information on 
people's current level of knowledge about jaguar ecology and status, 
people's attitudes towards jaguars, and the social barriers and 
opportunities to jaguar conservation in this region. The surveys will 
consist of in-person interviews. This information will aid us in 
identifying groups that might be interested in being involved or 
staying informed about jaguar conservation and highlighting groups with 
particular concerns that might be addressed in forthcoming policies or 
programs. We will use information gained from this survey to formulate 
future jaguar conservation strategies, as well as to create educational 
and outreach materials for jaguar recovery.

Comments Received and Our Responses

    On December 17, 2013, we published in the Federal Register (78 FR 
76315) a notice of our intent to request that OMB approve this 
information collection. In that notice, we solicited comments for 60 
days, ending on February 18, 2014. We received the following comments:
    Comment: The commenter requested that surveys be collected from 
residents of Hidalgo County, New Mexico, as well as from residents of 
Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties of Arizona, and that the number 
of interviews conducted with residents of each of the four counties in 
the Northwestern Recovery Unit be proportional to the counties' 
    Response: We will survey residents in Hidalgo County, New Mexico. 
The contractor will make every effort to distribute the 200 surveys so 
that each county's residents are adequately represented.
    Comment: One comment requested that the survey include farmers and 
ranchers in Hidalgo County, New Mexico.
    Response: The method of interviewing residents will mean that 
farmers and ranchers will likely be included among the rural residents 
surveyed. The category of small farmers/ranchers will be targeted 
purposely, as a stakeholder category. Small-acreage land users are 
often not included in data collection that targets ranchers and other 
agricultural producers. A concurrent information collection will 
include ranchers and farmers in the Northwestern Recovery Unit. Thus, 
they will not be included in this survey to avoid duplication of 
    Comment: One commenter requested to be included as a survey 
    Response: We will include the commenter's agency as a respondent in 
the related government agency personnel survey stakeholder category.
    Comment: One commenter requested a copy of the survey instrument 
and the results of surveys once completed.
    Response: We will send a copy of the survey instrument and the 
final report, which will include information on the data collected, 
analysis methods, results, and conclusions. The final report will be 
available after May 2015.

Request for Public Comments

    We again 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;

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     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. 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 OMB in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it 
will be done.

    Dated: November 4, 2014.
Tina A. Campbell,
Chief, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-26513 Filed 11-6-14; 8:45 am]