AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability; request for public comments.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the
availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) in accordance
with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for our CITES Export
Program (CEP) for certain native furbearer species. Some native
furbearers are listed under the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Convention),
including bobcat (Lynx rufus), river otter (Lontra canadensis), Canada
lynx (Lynx canadensis), gray wolf (Canis lupus), and brown bear (Ursus
arctos). These species have been listed in CITES Appendix II since the
1970s. Export from the United States of specimens of CITES Appendix-II
species requires a CITES export permit issued by the Service. We have
decided to prepare an EA on our export program for certain native
furbearer species to help us conduct a thorough review of all relevant
factors and potential impacts on the quality of the human environment
as envisioned under NEPA.
DATES: We will consider all information and comments we receive on or
before April 10, 2017.
ADDRESSES: Written comments: You may submit comments pertaining to the
draft EA by one of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In
the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-IA-2017-0012, which is the docket number
for this notice. Click "Comment Now!'' to comment.
U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing,
Attn: FWS-HQ-IA-2017-0012, Division of Policy, Performance, and
Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg
Pike; MS: BPHC; Falls Church, VA 22041.
We request that you send comments by only one of the methods
described above. All information received will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any
personal information you provide us (see Public Availability of
Comments, below, for more information).
Availability of documents: You may obtain copies of the draft EA
and related documents:
On the Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search
box, enter FWS-HQ-IA-2017-0012, which is the docket number for this
notice. Click the "Open Docket Folder'' link.
In person, by appointment and written request only, from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. at: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of
Management Authority, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Hoover, Chief, Division of
Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: IA; 5275
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone 703-358-2095;
facsimile 703-358-2298. If you use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.