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West's Pennsylvania Administrative Code. Title 58. Recreation. Part III. Game Commission. Chapter 137. Wildlife



Country of Origin: United States - Pennsylvania

Agency of Origin: Game Commission

National Citation: 58 Pa. Code 137.1 - 34

Agency Citation:

Printable Version 58 PA ADC 137.1 - 34


Last checked by Web Center Staff: 06/2013


Summary:   This set of administrative regulations prohibits the importation, possession, selling, offering for sale or release of certain species such as lynx, bobcat, coyote, wolf, bears, raccoons, nutria, skunks, all families of nonhuman primates, certain birds, game taken from the wild, and game or wildlife held in captivity. Exemptions includes zoos and circuses. A person wishing to import lawfully acquired wildlife, or parts thereof, shall first obtain an importation permit from the Commission. Another section makes it unlawful for a person to possess live wildlife taken from a wild state subject to certain exceptions.
Material in Full:

§ 137.1. Importation, possession, sale and release of certain wildlife.

§ 137.2. Release of animals.

§ 137.3. (Reserved).

§ 137.4. (Reserved).

§ 137.5. (Reserved).

§ 137.6. (Reserved).

§ 137.7. (Reserved).

§ 137.8. (Reserved).

§ 137.9. (Reserved).

§ 137.10. (Reserved).

§ 137.11. (Reserved).

§ 137.12. (Reserved).

§ 137.14. (Reserved).

§ 137.15. (Reserved).

§ 137.16. (Reserved).

§ 137.17. (Reserved).

§ 137.18. (Reserved).

§ 137.19. (Reserved).

§ 137.21. (Reserved).

§ 137.23. (Reserved).

§ 137.24. (Reserved).

§ 137.25. (Reserved).

§ 137.26. (Reserved).

§ 137.27. (Reserved).

§ 137.28. (Reserved).

§ 137.29. (Reserved).

§ 137.30. (Reserved).

§ 137.31. Possession of live wildlife.

§ 137.32. (Reserved).

§ 137.33. Feeding of certain wildlife prohibited.

§ 137.34. Chronic Wasting Disease and emergency authority of Director.

 

 

§ 137.1. Importation, possession, sale and release of certain wildlife.

(a) Unless otherwise provided in this section or the act, it is unlawful for a person to import, possess, sell, offer for sale or release within this Commonwealth the following wild animals or wild birds or the eggs of the birds or a crossbreed or hybrid of the wild animals or wild birds, which are similar in appearance:

(1) In the family Felidae. Species and subspecies, except species which are commonly called house cats which may be possessed but not released into the wild. Lawfully acquired bobcats--Lynx rufus--may be imported or possessed, or both, by licensed propagators specifically for propagation for fur farming purposes. Importation permits and transfer permits as mentioned in subsections (d) and (e) are not required for bobcats imported for propagation for fur farming purposes. Bobcats imported under this exception and their progeny may not be sold or transferred for wildlife pet purposes or released into the wild.

(2) In the family Canidae. Species and subspecies of the coyote, the red and gray fox and a full-blooded wolf or crossbreed thereof not licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Lawfully acquired coyotes and red or gray foxes may be imported or possessed, or both, by licensed propagators specifically for propagation for fur farming purposes. Coyotes and red and gray foxes imported under this exception and their progeny may not be sold or transferred for wildlife pet purposes or released into the wild. This subsection does not permit the sale for release or the release of the mammals into the wild.

(3) In the family Ursidae. All species of the bears.

(4) In the family Procyonidae. All species of raccoons.

(5) In the family Capromyidae. The nutria.

(6) In the family Mustelidae. All species of the skunks.

(7) The order Primates. All families of nonhuman primates.

(8) An animal, bird or egg of a bird listed by the Commonwealth or the United States Department of the Interior as threatened, endangered or injurious.

(9) The Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitts monachus, sometimes referred to as the Quaker Parakeet or Gray-headed Parakeet.

(10) Game or wildlife taken alive from the wild, except the Commission may import wildlife taken from the wild for enhancement of this Commonwealth's wild fauna.

(11) Game or wild held captive. Game or wildlife held in captivity or captive bred in another state or nation.

(b) Nothing in this section prevents a Nationally recognized circus from temporarily bringing wildlife into this Commonwealth in connection with presenting circus performances.

(c) Nothing in this section prevents zoological gardens from importing wildlife.

(d) A person wishing to import lawfully acquired wildlife, or parts thereof, shall first obtain an importation permit from the Commission subject to the following:

(1) Importation permits will be issued for a fee of $50 for each transaction.

(2) A person wishing to import wildlife for a menagerie, exotic wildlife possession, exotic wildlife dealer or propagation purposes shall be in possession of a menagerie, exotic wildlife possession, exotic wildlife dealer or propagation permit prior to submitting the application for an import permit. See Chapter 147 (relating to special permits).

(3) An application for an importation permit shall state the name and address of the applicant, name and address of the person supplying the wildlife, the common and scientific name and the number of wildlife to be covered by the permit, the purpose for which the wildlife is being imported, the qualifications of the applicant to use the wildlife for the stated purpose and the location where the wildlife will be housed or retained.

(4) Menagerie permittees who also possess a USDA Class C Exhibitor permit and who operate a menagerie facility as their primary means of making a livelihood, are exempt from the possession prohibition of this section, and may import lawfully acquired wildlife pursuant to an importation permit.

(e) Transfer of wildlife imported under subsection (d), or its progeny, or parts thereof, to a second party by sale, trade, barter or gift may only be done subject to the following:

(1) A permit issued by the Commission is required to transfer by sale, trade, barter or gift, wildlife or its progeny, or a part thereof.

(2) The fee for a transfer permit is $50.

(3) Transfer is limited to persons authorized to lawfully import wildlife.

(f) Live wildlife imported for any reason shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection signed by an accredited veterinarian.

Adopted June 8, 1953; Amended July 1, 1987; Amended July 1, 1988; Amended Dec. 9, 1989; Amended Sept. 24, 1990; Amended July 1, 1992; Amended Mar. 22, 2003; Amended Mar. 24, 2007; Amended June 28, 2008. Amended April 3, 2010.

 

§ 137.2. Release of animals.

(a) Except as otherwise provided, it is unlawful to release captive held or captive raised game or wildlife on to any lands, public or private, without first securing a permit from the Commission. Lawfully acquired mallard ducks, ringneck pheasant, bobwhite quail and chukar partridge may be released for dog training or hunting purposes.

(b) It is unlawful to release any animal that is a member of the suidae family into the wild.

(c) A person violating this section is subject to the penalties provided in the act.

Adopted Jan. 9, 1947; Amended Dec. 18, 1958; Amended July 1, 1987; Amended Mar. 11, 1989; Amended Sept. 18, 2004; Amended June 30, 2007.

 

§ 137.3. (Reserved).

Adopted Jan. 8, 1948; Amended Apr. 24, 1976; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.4. (Reserved).

Amended Nov. 24, 1973; Amended Nov. 29, 1980; Amended July 11, 1981; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.5. (Reserved).

Adopted Dec. 18, 1958; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.6. (Reserved).

Adopted Dec. 18, 1958; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.7. (Reserved).

 Adopted Dec. 18, 1958; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.8. (Reserved).

 Adopted Nov. 6, 1971; Reserved June 19, 1987; Amended July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.9. (Reserved).

 Adopted Nov. 24, 1979; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.10. (Reserved).

Adopted Apr. 10, 1966; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.11. (Reserved).

 Adopted May 29, 1971; Amended Apr. 25, 1981; Amended May 1, 1982; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.12. (Reserved).

 Adopted Oct. 12, 1967; Reserved Dec. 11, 1982.

 

§ 137.14. (Reserved).

Adopted June 3, 1970; Amended July 6, 1974; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.15. (Reserved).

Adopted July 3, 1971; Amended Sept. 1, 1979; Amended July 11, 1981; Amended Sept. 18, 1982; Amended Sept. 17, 1983; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.16. (Reserved).

Adopted June 2, 1972; Amended June 28, 1980; Amended May 1, 1982; Amended Sept. 18, 1982; Amended Sept. 17, 1983; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.17. (Reserved).

Adopted May 29, 1971; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.18. (Reserved).

Adopted June 22, 1963; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.19. (Reserved).

 Adopted Apr. 4, 1958; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.21. (Reserved).

Adopted Dec. 18, 1958; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.23. (Reserved).

Adopted May 29, 1971; Amended June 28, 1980; Amended Dec. 5, 1981; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.24. (Reserved).

Adopted Oct. 21, 1960; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.25. (Reserved).

Adopted June 24, 1972; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.26. (Reserved).

Adopted Oct. 28, 1972; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 


§ 137.27. (Reserved).

Adopted Nov. 16, 1974; Amended Nov. 15, 1975; Amended May 3, 1980; Amended Jan. 10, 1981; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.28. (Reserved).

Adopted July 1, 1978; Amended Apr. 7, 1979; Amended July 12, 1986; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.29. (Reserved).

Adopted Apr. 4, 1958; Reserved July 12, 1986.

 

§ 137.30. (Reserved).

 Adopted May 3, 1980; Amended Jan. 10, 1981; Reserved July 1, 1987.

 

§ 137.31. Possession of live wildlife.

(a) It is unlawful for a person to possess live wildlife taken from a wild state within this Commonwealth except:

(1) A permit to possess no more than five live foxes may be issued to a person for the sole purpose of collecting fox urine. The permit to possess live fox will expire on the last day of the fox-trapping season. Any foxes held under the authority of this permit shall be euthanized and may be pelted and the pelt may be sold. No fox held under the authority of this permit may be released into the wild.

(2) A person lawfully operating under the authority of a permit issued in accordance with the act is excluded from this section.

(3) Sanitation and housing specifications for foxes held under authority of this permit shall be in accordance with §§ 147.283 and 147.285(4)(xvii) (relating to sanitation; and specifications).

(b) A person violating this subchapter will be subject to the penalties provided in section 2307 of the act (relating to unlawful taking or possession of game or wildlife).

Adopted Sept. 24, 1990; Amended Nov. 3, 2001.

 

§ 137.32. (Reserved).

Adopted Oct. 28, 1995; Reserved June 17, 2006.

 

§ 137.33. Feeding of certain wildlife prohibited.

It is unlawful to, except for normal or accepted farming, habitat management practices, oil and gas drilling, mining, forest management activities or other legitimate commercial or industrial practices, intentionally lay or place food, fruit, hay, grain, chemical, salt or other minerals anywhere in this Commonwealth for the purpose of feeding bear or elk, or to intentionally lay or place food, fruit, hay, grain, chemical, salt or other minerals that may cause bear or elk to congregate or habituate an area. If otherwise lawful feeding is attracting bear or elk, the Commission may provide written notice prohibiting the activity.

Adopted Mar. 22, 2003; Amended Sept. 18, 2004; Amended June 17, 2006.

 

§ 137.34. Chronic Wasting Disease and emergency authority of Director.

(a) The Director has emergency authority to take actions to mitigate risk factors and to determine the prevalence and geographic distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), if the Director concludes that the spread of CWD poses a threat to human safety, farm animals, pets or other cervids within or adjacent to this Commonwealth.

(1) The Director has emergency authority to:

(i) Prohibit the importation of high risk cervid parts from areas that are known to harbor CWD.

(ii) Define and designate Disease Management Areas (DMAs) in this Commonwealth.

(2) The Director has emergency authority within designated DMAs to:

(i) Allow the taking of cervids without regard to established seasons and bag limits and methods of take.

(ii) Require mandatory checking of hunter-killed cervids.

(iii) Prohibit the removal of high risk cervid parts.

(iv) Prohibit the rehabilitation of cervids.

(v) Prohibit the use and possession of cervid urine-based attractants.

(vi) Prohibit the feeding of cervids.

(vii) Prohibit any new permits to possess or transport live cervids.

(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), the emergency authority of the Director will not be construed to extend to the regulation of captive cervids held under 3 Pa.C.S. Chapter 27 (relating to Domestic Animal Law) or the requirements of a lawful quarantine order issued by the Department of Agriculture.

(b) It is unlawful for a person to violate a provision of an Executive Order issued by the Director under the authority of this section. A person violating this section will, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay the fine prescribed in the act.

Adopted Dec. 3, 2005. Amended Dec. 24, 2011.


 



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