[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 26 (Friday, February 7, 2020)]
[Page 7328]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-02384]

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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-ES-2019-N171; FXES11130600000-201-FF06E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received 
applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the 
propagation or survival of endangered species under the Endangered 
Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the 
requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that 
we receive during the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments by March 9, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Use one of the 
following methods to request documents or submit comments. Requests and 
comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) 
(e.g., TE123456):
     Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov.
     U.S. Mail: Marjorie Nelson, Chief, Division of Ecological 
Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Suite 670, 
Lakewood, CO 80228.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Konishi, Recovery Permits 
Coordinator, Ecological Services, 303-236-4224 (phone), or 
permitsR6ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 



    The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened 
species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our 
implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require 
that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities 
involving endangered species.
    A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species 
for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of 
propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing 
section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for 
endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife 
species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 
for threatened plant species.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the 
public to comment on the following applications.

    Application No.           Applicant               Species                     Location                  Take activity            Permit action
TE00670A-5............  South Dakota            Topeka        SD                                Capture, handle,       Renew.
                         Department Game Fish   shiner (Notropis                                         mark, insert PIT
                         and Parks, Pierre,     topeka).                                                 tags, clip fins, and
                         SD.                                                                             release.
TE26376D-0............  Steven C. Forrest,      Black-footed  AZ, CO, KS, MT, NM, SD, UT, WY    Pursue for presence/   New.
                         Truckee, CA.           ferret (Mustela                                          absence surveys,
                                                nigripes).                                               capture, mark,
                                                                                                         vaccinate, release,
                                                                                                         reintroduce, and
                                                                                                         monitor populations.
TE06665B-0............  Utah Division of        Woundfin      UT                                Capture, handle,       New.
                         Wildlife Resources.    (Plagopterus                                             measure,
                                                argentissimus).                                          reintroduce, insert
                                                                                                         VIE tags, tissue
                                                                                                         sample for genetic
                                                                                                         analysis, and
TE069300-2............  Nebraska Game and       Pallid        NE, SD, IA, KS, MO                Capture, handle,       Amend.
                         Parks Commission.      sturgeon                                                 measure, insert PIT
                                                (Scaphirhynchus                                          tags, tissue sample
                                                albus).                                                  for genetic
                                                                                                         analysis, and
TE207946-3............  Bureau of               New Mexico    CO                                Capture, handle,       Renew.
                         Reclamation, Denver    meadow jumping mouse                                     measure.
                         Federal Center.        (Zapus hudsonius
TE56902B-1............  Bureau of               Pallid        MT, ND                            Capture, handle,       Renew.
                         Reclamation, Denver,   sturgeon                                                 measure, insert PIT
                         CO.                    (Scaphirhynchus                                          tags, tissue sample
                                                albus).                                                  for genetic
                                                                                                         analysis, release,
                                                                                                         collection, and
TE66335D-0............  Martin & Nicholson      Southwestern  CO, UT                            Pursue for presence/   New.
                         Environmental          willow flycatcher                                        absence surveys.
                         Consultants, LLC.      (Empidonax traillii

Public Availability of Comments

    Written comments we receive become part of the administrative 
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 
request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and 
from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials 
of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public 
disclosure in their entirety.

Next Steps

    If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in 
this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.


    We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Stephen Small,
Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Department 
of the Interior Unified Regions 5 and 7.
[FR Doc. 2020-02384 Filed 2-6-20; 8:45 am]