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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES. DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE RULES. FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT. CHAPTER FIS 800. THE IMPORTATION, POSSESSION AND USE OF ALL WILDLIFE. PART FIS 804. POSSESSION OF WILDLIFE



Country of Origin: United States - New Hampshire

Agency of Origin: FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT

National Citation: N.H. Code Admin. R. Fis 804.01 - .07

Agency Citation:

Printable Version NH ADC FIS 804.01 - .07


Last checked by Web Center Staff: 06/2013


Summary:  

Under these New Hampshire regulations, a permit to possess wildlife shall not be required for any person to possess wildlife designated as non-controlled (species such as aquarium fish, amphibians, reptiles except for alligators, crocodiles, and venomous species, many pet birds, small pet mammals like gerbils and hamsters, and certain ungulates). However, no person shall be issued a permit to possess wildlife that has been designated as prohibited. These prohibited species include, among others, zebra mussels, non-indigenous crayfish, walking catfish, and the white amur. A person must possess a permit to possess any live wildlife, or their hybrids, designated as controlled. Table 800.2 lists the controlled species which include many wild turtles and salamanders, alligators, crocodiles, badgers, bears, cougars, coyotes, elephants, kangaroos, big cats, and large primates such as chimpanzees and gorillas. Any person who has legally acquired and possesses wildlife under a valid permit in 1992, and continuously since, and such wildlife is now designated as prohibited or controlled, shall be issued a permit to possess such wildlife.


Material in Full:

Fis 804.01 Definitions.

Fis 804.02 Non-controlled Species - Possession.

Fis 804.03 Prohibited Species - Possession.

Fis 804.04 Permits To Possess Wildlife.

Fis 804.05 Controlled Species - Possession.

Fis 804.06 Power to Inspect.

Fis 804.07 Prior Possession of Wildlife.

 

 

Fis 804.01 Definitions.

(a) ‘Cage‘ means an area enclosed on all sides and has a top and a bottom.

(b) ‘Enclosure‘ means an area enclosed on all sides.

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98, EXPIRED: 11-21-06
New. #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07
New. #8893, eff 6-5-07



Fis 804.02 Non-controlled Species - Possession.

(a) A permit to possess wildlife shall not be required for any person to possess wildlife designated as non-controlled as specified in (b), below.

(b) For purposes of this part, the following species or groups of wildlife shall be designated as non-controlled:

(1) Ornamental aquarium fish, both fresh and marine that shall be kept in a closed system;

(2) Amphibians, exotic;

(3) Amphibians, indigenous, listed in Table 800. 2 for category 1, for up to 5 specimens per species;

(4) Reptiles, exotic, except:

a. Alligator (Alligatoridae, spp);

b. Crocodile (Crocodylidae, spp); and

c. Venomous reptiles;

(5) Indigenous reptiles listed in Table 800.2 for category 1, for up to 2 specimens of each species;

(6) The following exotic birds:

a. Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandieus)

b. Canaries (Serinus spp.);

c. Parrots (Psittaciformes);

d. Parakeets (Budgerigar) except Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus);

e. Mynah Birds (Acridotheres spp);

f. Finches (Estrildidae spp);

g. Pekin robin (Leiothrip lutea);

h. Weavers (Ploceidae);

i. Toucans (Ramphastidae);

j. Button quail (Turnicidae);

k. Pigeons and doves (Columbiformes), exotic; and

l. Feral pigeons (Columba domestica and C. livia);

m. Emu (Dromaius novaehollandire);

n. Ostrich (Struthis camelus);

o. Rhea (Rheidae);

p. Waterfowl, exotic migratory except mute swans;

q. Waterfowl, mallard by individuals in category 1;

r. Gallinaceous birds, except:

1. Bobwhite quail, Northern (Colinus virginianus);

2. Grouse, Ruffed (Bonasa umbellus);

3. Grouse, Spruce (Dendragapus canadensis);

4. Pheasant, Ring-necked (Phasianus colchicus);

5. Partridge, Chuckar and Redleg (Alectoris chuka); and

6. Partridge, Grey/Hungarian (Perdix perdix);

(7) The following mammals:

a. Chinchillas, domesticated, (Chinchilla spp);

b. Gerbils, domesticated;

c. Guinea Pigs, domesticated;

d. Hamsters, domesticated (Cricetus cricetus);

e. Mice, domesticated (Mus musculus);

f. Rats, domesticated (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus);

g. Ferrets, domesticated (Mustela putorius furo);

h. Llamas (Lama glama);

i. Alpaca (Lama pacos);

j. Pot belly pigs, domesticated;

k. Rabbits, domesticated;

l. African pigmy hedgehog;

m. Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps);

n. Tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus);

o. Yak (Bos grunniens)

p. Camel (Camelus spp.)

q. Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis); and

r. Degaus (Octodon degus)

s. Guanaco (Lama quanicoe)

t. Bison (Bison bison, B. bonasus).

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98; amd by #8431, eff 9-20-05; EXPIRED: 11-21-06 (except paragraph (b)(4)p.); ss by #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07

New. #8893, eff 6-5-07; amd by #9880-A, eff 3-1-11

 

Fis 804.03 Prohibited Species - Possession.

(a) No person shall be issued a permit to possess wildlife that has been designated as prohibited as specified in Fis 804.03(b).

(b) For the purposes of this part, the following species or groups of wildlife shall be designated as prohibited:

(1) The following invertebrates:

a. Zebra mussel(Dreissena polymorpha, D. bugensis);

b. Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes cederstroemi);

c. Fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi);

d. All non-indigenous crayfish; and

e. Asiatic clam (Corbicula fluminea); and

(2) The following fish:

a. Walking catfish (Clarias batrachus);

b. White amur/grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella);

c. Black carp (Mylopharyngodaon piceus);

d. European rudd (Scardinius erythophthalmus);

e. Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus);

f. Tubenose goby (Proterhinus marmoratus);

g. Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus); and

h. Snakeheads (Family: Channidae); and

(3) Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus).

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6191, eff 2-22-96; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98, EXPIRED: 11-21-06
New. #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07
New. #8893, eff 6-5-07

 

Fis 804.04 Permits To Possess Wildlife.

(a) No live wildlife, or their hybrids, designated as controlled, the eggs or progeny thereof, shall be possessed without a permit to possess wildlife or except as otherwise permitted under RSA 207:1-a, 214:34-d and 209-A:3, IV.

(b) All species not specifically listed under the categories of non-controlled, prohibited or controlled shall be designated as controlled and shall require a permit to possess.

(c) The executive director shall review each application to possess and shall make a determination as to whether such possession shall be permitted. No permit to possess shall be issued if there is any significant disease, genetic, ecological, environmental, health, safety or welfare risks to the public or other wildlife species.

(d) In order to make such a determination, the executive director shall consider the following criteria such as but not limited to:

(1) Life cycle;

(2) Life history;

(3) Reproduction habits;

(4) Habitat requirements;

(5) Interaction with competing species for food/habitat;

(6) The ability of the species to survive in New Hampshire's environment;

(7) Geographic distribution in the wild;

(8) Source of wildlife; and

(9) Competition with indigenous species.

(e) No possession of wildlife shall take place until a permit is issued by the executive director.

(f) Permits to possess wildlife as specified in Fis 804.05(a) shall expire on December 31 of the calendar year of issuance, unless sooner revoked.

(g) The permit shall be valid only for the facilities or locations described in the application and the permit shall not be transferable or assignable.

(h) Application for a permit to possess shall be submitted no less than 30 days in advance of the requested date of possession.

(i) Health certificates shall meet standards set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture pursuant to 9 CFR, 2.78 and/or the New Hampshire department of agriculture.

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98, EXPIRED: 11-21-06
New. #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07
New. #8893, eff 6-5-07

 

Fis 804.05 Controlled Species - Possession.

(a) A permit to possess wildlife shall be required for all species, including hybrids, designated as controlled as cited in the controlled table under (b), below.

(b) A permit shall be issued only to a person in the permittee category(ies), as defined in Fis 802.01, and cited Table 800.2:

Table 800.2 Controlled Species Table - Possession


 
PERMITTEE CATEGORY
SPECIES
SCIENTIFIC NAME
 
Amphibians
1,5
American toad
Bufo americanus
 
 
5
Fowler's toad
Bufo fowleri
 
 
1,5
Gray treefrog
Hyla versicolor
 
 
1,5
Spring peeper
Pseudacris crucifer
 
 
1,5
American bullfrog
Rana catesbeiana
 
 
1,5
Green frog
Rana clamitans
 
 
1,5
Pickerel frog
Rana palustris
 
 
5
Northern leopard frog
Rana pipiens
 
 
1,5
Mink frog
Rana septentrionalis
 
 
1,5
Wood frog
Rana sylvatica
 
 
5
Jefferson salamander
Ambystoma jeffersonianum
 
 
5
Blue-spotted salamander
Ambystoma laterale
 
 
5
Jefferson X blue-spotted salamander hybrids
Ambystoma jeffersonianum X laterale
 
 
1,5
Spotted salamander
Ambystoma maculatum
 
 
5
Marbled salamander
Ambystoma opacum
 
 
1,5
Northern two-lined salamander
Eurycea bislineata
 
 
1,5
Northern dusky salamander
Desmognathus fuscus
 
 
5
Spring salamander
Gyrinophilus porphyriticus
 
 
5
Four-toed salamander
Hemidactylium scutatum
 
 
1,5
Eastern red-backed salamander
Plethodon cinereus
 
 
5
Northern slimy salamander
Plethodon glutinosus
 
 
5
Common Mudpuppy
Necturus maculosus
 
 
1,5
Red-spotted newt
Notophthalmus viridescens
 
         
         
         
Reptiles
       
 
5
Alligator
Alligatoridae, spp
 
 
5
Crocodile
Crocodylidae, spp
 
 
5
All venomous reptiles
   
         
 
5
Blanding's turtles
Emydoidea blandingii
 
 
5
Eastern box turtles
Terrapene carolina carolina
 
 
5
Spotted turtles
Clemmys guttata
 
 
5
Wood turtles
Glyptemys insculpta
 
 
1,5
Musk turtle
Sternotherus odoratus
 
 
1,5
Painted turtle
Chrysemys picta
 
 
1,5
Snapping turtle
Chelydra serpentina
 
 
5
Black racer
Coluber constrictor
 
 
1,5
Ring-necked snake
Diadophis punctatus
 
 
5
Eastern hognose snake
Heterodon platirhinos
 
 
1,5
Eastern milksnake
Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
 
 
1,5
Northern watersnake
Nerodia sipedon
 
 
5
Smooth greensnake
Opheodrys vernalis
 
 
1,5
Brown snake
Storeria dekayi
 
 
1,5
Red-bellied snake
Storeria occipitomaculata
 
 
5
Ribbon snake
Thamnophis sauritus
 
 
1,5
Garter snake
Thamnophis sirtalis
 
         
Fish
1, 6
All fish except those listed as prohibited or noncontrolled
   
 
1, 6
Channel catfish
   
 
1, 6
Talapia
   
 
1, 6
Hybrid striped bass
   
Birds
       
 
5
All native species
   
         
 
1,2, 5
All waterfowl, indigenous and naturalized, except:
   
 
2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos
 
 
1, 5
Mute Swans
Cygnus olor
 
 
5
Crow, Pied
   
 
5
Buzzard, European
   
         
   
Gallinaceous Birds:
   
 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Bobwhite Quail, Northern
Colinus virginianus
 
 
5
Grouse, Ruffed
Bonasa umbellus
 
 
5
Grouse, Spruce
Dendragapus canadensis
 
 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Pheasant, Ring-necked
Phasianus colchicus
 
 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Partridge, Chukar /Redleg
Alectoris chuka
 
 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Partridge, Grey/Hungarian
Perdix perdix
 
         
Mammals
       
 
5
Armadillo
   
 
5
Anteater, Lesser
   
 
5
Agouti, red rumped
   
 
5
Badger
Taxida taxus
 
 
5
Barbary Sheep
   
 
5
Bat, Big Brown
Eptesicus fuscus
 
 
5
Bat, Hoary
Lasiurus cinereus
 
 
5
Bat, Red
Lasiurus borealis
 
 
5
Bat, Silver-haired
Lasionycteris noctivagans
 
 
5
Bear, Black
Ursus americanus
 
 
5
Grizzly
Ursus horrilibus
 
 
5
Beaver
Castor canadensis
 
 
5
Binturong
   
 
5
Boar, wild
Sus scrofa
 
 
5
Bobcat
Felis rufus
 
 
5
Caracal Lynx
   
 
5
Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus
 
 
5
Cavy, Patagonian
Doli salinicola
 
 
5
Chipmunk, Eastern
Tamias striatus
 
 
5
Coatimundi
Nasua nasua
 
 
5
Cottontail, Eastern
Sylvilagus floridanus
 
 
5
Cottontail, New England
Sylvilagus transitionalis
 
 
5
Cougar
Felis concolor
 
 
5
Coyote
Canis latrans
 
 
5
Dama Wallaby
   
 
2,5
Deer, Fallow
Dama dama
 
 
2, 5
Deer, Red
Cervuselaphus
 
 
2, 5
Deer, Sika
Cervus nippon
 
 
5
Deer, White-tailed
Odocoileus virginianus;
 
 
5
Elephant
Elaphus maximus, Loredomta africans
 
 
2, 5
Elk
Cervus elephus canadenois
 
 
5
Fisher
Martes pennanti
 
 
5
Fox, Gray Fenec
Urocyon cinereoargenteus
 
 
5
Fox, Red
Vulpes vulpes
 
 
5
Genet
Genetta spp.
 
 
5
Giraffe
   
 
5
Hyena
   
 
2, 4 & 5
Hare, Snowshoe
Lepus americanus
 
 
5
Jaguar, Black Spotted
   
 
5
Kangaroo, Red
   
 
5
Kinkajou
Potos flavus
 
 
5
Lemming, Northern Bog
Synaptomys borealis
 
 
5
Lemming, Southern Bog
Synaptomys cooperi
 
 
5
Lemur, Ringtailed
   
 
5
Leopard
Panthern umeia , P. pardus, Neofelis nebulasa
 
 
5
Lion
Panthera leo
 
 
5
Lynx, Canadian Siberian
Lynx canadensis
 
 
5
Marten
Martes americana
 
 
5
Mink
Mustela vison
 
 
5
Mole, Hairy-tailed
Parascalops breweri
 
 
5
Mole, Star-nosed
Condylura cristata
 
 
5
Mongoose
   
 
5
Moose
Alces alces
 
 
5
Mouse, Deer
Peromyscus maniculatus
 
 
5
Mouse, Meadow Jumping
Zapus hudsonius
 
 
5
Mouse, White-footed
Peromyscus leucopus
 
 
5
Mouse, Woodland Jumping
Napaeozapus insignis
 
 
5
Muskrat
Odontra zibethicus
 
 
5
Myotis, Keen's
Myotis keenii
 
 
5
Myotis, Little Brown
Myotis lucifugus
 
 
5
Myotis, Small-footed
Myotis leibii
 
 
5
Opossum, Virginia
Didelphis virginiana
 
 
5
Otter, River
Lutra canadensis
 
 
5
Peccary, Collared
   
 
5
Pipistrelle, Eastern
Pipistrellus subflavus
 
 
5
Porcupine, North American African crested
Erethizon dorsatum Hystrix cristata
 
 
5
Prairie Dog
Cynamys, spp.
 
 
5
Primates to include:
   
   
Chimpanzee
Pan troglodytes
 
   
Gorilla
gorilla gorilla
 
   
Orangutan
Pongo pygmaeus
 
   
Baboons
Papio spp
 
   
Spider Monkey
Ateles spp
 
   
Squirrel Monkey
Saimici spp
 
   
Capuchin
Cebus spp
 
   
Marmoset (Tamarin)
Cercopihecus spp.
 
   
Guenon(s)
   
   
Celebes macaque
   
   
Rhesus
Macaca mulatta
 
 
5
Raccoon
Procyon lotor
 
 
5
Rat, African pouched
   
 
5
Rat, Norway
Rattus norvegicus
 
 
5
Serval, African
   
 
5
Shrew, Long-tailed
Sorex dispar
 
 
5
Shrew, Masked
Sorex cinereus
 
 
5
Shrew, Pygmy
Sorex hoyi
 
 
5
Shrew, Short-tailed
Blarina brevicauda
 
 
5
Shrew, Smoky
Sorex fumeus
 
 
5
Shrew, Water
Sorex palustris
 
 
5
Skunk, Striped
Mephitis mephitis
 
 
5
Springhare
   
 
5
Squirrel, Gray
Sciurus carolinensis
 
 
5
Squirrel, Northern Flying
Glaucomys sabrinus
 
 
5
Squirrel, Red
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
 
 
5
Squirrel, Southern Flying
Glaucomys volans
 
 
5
Tenrec, Giant Lowland streaked
   
 
5
Tiger Golden Tabby, Siberian White Siberian, Bengal
Panthera tigeris
 
 
5
Two-Toed Sloth
Choloepus didaclybus
 
 
5
Vole, Meadow
Microtus pennsylvanicus
 
 
5
Vole, Northern Red-backed
Clethrionomys gapperi
 
 
5
Vole, Rock
Microtus chrotorrhinus
 
 
5
Vole, Woodland
Microtus pinetorum
 
 
5
Wallaby, Dama Tammar, Bennett
   
 
5
Water Buffalo, Eurasian
   
 
5
Weasel, Least
Erminea rixosa
 
 
5
Weasel, Long-tailed
Mustela frenata
 
 
5
Weasel, Short-tailed
Mustela erminea
 
 
5
Wolverine
   
 
5
Woodchuck
Marmota monax
 
 
5
Wolf
Canis lupus
 
 
5
Zebra

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98; amd by #8431, eff 9-20-05; EXPIRED: 11-21-06

New. #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07

New. #8893, eff 6-5-07; amd by #9790-A, eff 1-1-11

 

Fis 804.06 Power to Inspect.

(a) The executive director or his agents shall inspect wildlife, facilities, permits and/or records under the control of the permittee for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with this part.

(b) An inspection of facilities and/or cages or enclosures shall occur prior to the issuance of any permit if applicant has not held a permit for the regulated activities in the previous year.

(c) An inspection shall not be required for wildlife on the controlled possession list as specified in Table 800.02 and jointly on the release list as specified in Table 800.3.

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98, EXPIRED: 11-21-06
New. #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07
New. #8893, eff 6-5-07


Fis 804.07 Prior Possession of Wildlife.

(a) Any person who has legally acquired and possesses wildlife under a valid permit in 1992, and continuously since, and such wildlife is now designated as prohibited or controlled, shall be issued a permit to possess such wildlife

(b) Any person who has legally possessed spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata), Blanding's turtles (Emydoidea blandingii), wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) or Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) prior to January 1, 1996, and continuously since, shall be issued a permit to possess wildlife. The possession permit shall be for those turtles in possession and no replacements shall be allowed.

(c) Any person who legally possessed species listed as non-controlled prior to June 1, 2007, and now listed as controlled, shall be issued a permit to possess wildlife. The possession permit shall be for wildlife in possession prior to June 1, 2007 and no replacements shall be allowed.

(d) Wildlife possessed under permits issued pursuant to Fis 804.04 shall meet the following criteria:

(1) Wildlife shall have a permanent means of identification; and

(2) All requirements of this part shall be met.

Source. (See Revision Note at chapter heading for Fis 800) #5507, eff 11-20-92; ss by #6191, eff 2-22-96; ss by #6889, eff 11-21-98, EXPIRED: 11-21-06
New. #8767, INTERIM, eff 11-22-06, EXPIRED: 5-21-07
New. #8893, eff 6-5-07

 

 



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