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08.03.15.00.htm 08.03.15.00. Title 08 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES Subtitle 03 WILDLIFE Chapter 15 Wildlife Damage Control Permits Authority: Natural Resources Article, §1-104, 10-205, and 10-908; State Government Article, §10-206; Annotated Code of Maryland
08.03.15.01.htm 08.03.15.01. 01 Scope and Purpose.. A. Scope. This chapter establishes an administrative process, standards, and requirements for a person to:1) Obtain a wildlife damage control permit;. 2) Conduct wildlife damage control; and. 3) Provide wildlife damage control services.. B. There are four classes of wildlife damage control permits:. 1) Landowner;. 2) Commercial operator―business;. 3) Commercial operator―assistant; and. 4) Public agency operator.. C. Purpose. The primary o
08.03.15.02.htm 08.03.15.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Body gripping trap" means a mechanically powered rotating-jaw killing trap.. 2) "Commercial wildlife damage control operator" means a person who charges a fee or receives compensation for providing wildlife damage control services.3) "Control" means to capture, trap, kill, shoot, euthanize, or attempt to capture, trap, kill, shoot, or euthanize.4) "Direct supervision" m
08.03.15.03.htm 08.03.15.03. 03 Landowner Wildlife Damage Control Permit.. A. Except as provided in §B of this regulation, a landowner who wishes to control wildlife on the landowner’s property may do so only after obtaining a landowner wildlife damage control permit from USDA or a federal depredation permit for migratory birds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.B. A landowner wildlife damage control permit is not required for a landowner or the landowner's agent to control:
08.03.15.04.htm 08.03.15.04. 04 Wildlife Damage Control Permits.. A. Requirements; Exceptions.. 1) Except as provided in §A(2) of this regulation, a person providing either commercial or public agency wildlife damage control services shall obtain a wildlife damage control permit from the Service.2) A wildlife damage control permit is not required to:. a) Control deer under the authority of a deer cooperator permit as provided in COMAR 08.03.09.11;.
08.03.15.05.htm 08.03.15.05. 05 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Written Examination.. A. An applicant for a wildlife damage control permit shall pass a written examination before obtaining the permit.B. The minimum passing score for the written examination is 80 percent.. C. The written examination shall contain questions related to:. 1) Wildlife damage control procedures;. 2) Current statutes and regulations pertaining to Maryland wildlife;. 3) Wildlife biology, such as reproductive cycles,
08.03.15.06.htm 08.03.15.06. 06 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Application Form.. A. An applicant shall obtain application forms from the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Ave. E-1, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or by calling 410-260-8540. The applicant shall mail or deliver the completed application to: Permits Coordinator, Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Ave. E-1, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The Service will mail permit renewals to permit holders at least 2 months befo
08.03.15.07.htm 08.03.15.07. 07 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Application Fee.. A. The application fee for a commercial wildlife damage control operator permit is $50. The Service shall return half the application fee if it denies a permit application.B. An application fee is not required for a public agency wildlife damage control operator permit if the applicant is a governmental agency or verified contractor and provides wildlife damage control services at no cost to the complainant.
08.03.15.08.htm 08.03.15.08. 08 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Species List.. The applicant shall provide, from the following list, the species that the applicant seeks authority to control:A. The following mammals:. 1) Bats;. 2) The following furbearing mammals:. a) Beaver;. b) Bobcat;. c) Coyote;. d) Fisher;. e) Fox;. f) Mink;. g) Muskrat;. h) Nutria;. i) Opossum;. j) River otter;. k) Raccoon;. l) Skunk; and. m) Weasel;. 3) Rabbits; and. 4) The following rodents:. a) Chipmunk;. c) Eastern fox squirrel;.
08.03.15.09.htm 08.03.15.09. 09 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Area of Operation.. The applicant shall provide a list of counties in which it will perform wildlife damage control services.
08.03.15.10.htm 08.03.15.10. 10 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Release of Information.. The applicant may waive the provisions of COMAR 08.01.06.06G to allow application information to be made available to the public.
08.03.15.11.htm 08.03.15.11. 11 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Minimum Age.. An individual who applies for a wildlife damage control permit shall be 18 years old or older..
08.03.15.12.htm 08.03.15.12. 12 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Permit Term.. A wildlife damage control permit expires on December 31 of each year..
08.03.15.13.htm 08.03.15.13. 13 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Change of Address.. A permittee shall immediately inform the Service at the address in Regulation .06 of this chapter of a change in business ownership, name, address, or phone number.
08.03.15.14.htm 08.03.15.14. 14 Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Permit Transfer.. The holder of a wildlife damage control permit may not transfer the permit to another person..
08.03.15.15.htm 08.03.15.15. 15 Commercial Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Employees.. The applicant shall include a list of employees who will conduct commercial wildlife damage control services as assistants under Regulation .16 of this chapter.
08.03.15.16.htm 08.03.15.16. 16 Commercial Wildlife Damage Control Permits ― Assistant Permit Application.. A. To apply for or to renew an assistant commercial wildlife damage control operator permit, an individual shall submit to the Service a completed application form provided by the Service that includes:1) Applicant's name;. 2) Address;. 3) Email address (if applicable). 4) Phone number;. 5) Date of birth;. 6) Social Security or federal tax identification number; and. 7) The name of the busine
08.03.15.17.htm 08.03.15.17. 17 Existing Wildlife Control Cooperator Permit Holders.. A. A wildlife control cooperator permit issued to a person providing wildlife damage control services before the effective date of this regulation remains valid until the stated expiration date.B. A person that has a wildlife control cooperator permit and provides wildlife damage control services as of the effective date of this chapter shall meet the test requirements by January 1, 2009, to be permitted as a wildli
08.03.15.18.htm 08.03.15.18. 18 Business Practices.. A. A wildlife damage control operator may not engage in any form of false or misleading advertising or promotional activities, including, but not limited to, the falsification or misrepresentation of:1) The work of a wildlife damage control operator or of an individual employed by the wildlife damage control operator;2) The academic or professional qualifications or affiliations of the wildlife damage control operator; or
08.03.15.19.htm 08.03.15.19. 19 Operations and Procedures.. A. A wildlife damage control operator shall have the permit in the permittee's possession while conducting wildlife damage control operations. The permittee shall provide the permit to a client or law enforcement officer upon request.B. A wildlife damage control operator may conduct wildlife damage control at any time.. C. Allowable methods for trapping mammals include:. 1) Body-gripping traps which are:. a) Larger than 8 inches b
08.03.15.20.htm 08.03.15.20. 20 Operations and Procedure ― Bats.. A. A wildlife damage control operator shall remove bats only by nonlethal methods, except when a State or local public health department requires lethal removal.B. A wildlife damage control operator may capture and release individual bats that enter a dwelling or office outside near the building.C. Bat colonies containing more than 10 adults, whether or not young are present, require prior approval from the Service to be excluded from building
08.03.15.21.htm 08.03.15.21. 21 Operations and Procedure ― Chimney Swifts.. A federal permit is required to:. A. Clean, repair, or cap a chimney that contains active chimney swift nests that include either eggs or young; orB. Conduct any activity that will result in the destruction of chimney swift adults, eggs, or young..
08.03.15.22.htm 08.03.15.22. 22 Operations and Procedure ― Reptiles and Amphibians.. A wildlife damage control operator may not kill reptiles and amphibians..
08.03.15.23.htm 08.03.15.23. 23 Operations and Procedure ― Fisher and River Otter.. A wildlife damage control operator shall tag all fisher and river otter captured from November 15 to March 15 with tags provided by the Service.
08.03.15.24.htm 08.03.15.24. 24 Disposition of Trapped Wildlife.. A. Any live wildlife taken into possession under the authority of this permit, except as provided in §B―G of this regulation, shall be:1) Released on site;. 2) Transported and released on a wildlife management area or other areas with written permission from the landowner or managing authority, within the same or an adjacent county; or3) Killed.. B. Coyote, bobcat, muskrat, mink, and otter shall be:. 1) Released on site; or. 2) Killed..
08.03.15.25.htm 08.03.15.25. 25 Disposition of Trapped Wildlife ― Killing.. A. Killing, as allowed in Regulation .25 of this chapter, shall be done:. 1) On-site; or. 2) After transport, by:. a) The permittee;. b) The local humane society;. c) The local animal control entity; or. d) A licensed veterinarian.. B. Allowed methods of killing birds include:. 1) Barbiturates;. 2) Carbon monoxide or dioxide:. a) From compressed cylinders;. b) In a metered chamber; and.
08.03.15.26.htm 08.03.15.26. 26 Disposition of Trapped Wildlife ― Sale, Trade, Barter, or Transfer.. A. Except as provided in §B of this regulation, the sale, trade, barter, or transfer to another person of any live or dead wildlife acquired under the authority of this chapter is prohibited.B. A wildlife damage control operator may sell, trade, barter, or transfer the pelt of any fur-bearing mammal acquired between November 1 and March 15.
08.03.15.27.htm 08.03.15.27. 27 Record Keeping and Reporting.. A. A wildlife damage control operator shall maintain records at the operator's normal place of business, including the following information for each wildlife complaint to which the operator responds:1) The date of the complaint;. 2) The name and address of the complainant;. 3) The number and species of wildlife involved;. 4) The type of damage caused by the wildlife; and. 5) The method of disposition..
08.03.15.28.htm 08.03.15.28. 28 Penalties.. A. The Service may revoke, restrict, or suspend a permit issued under this chapter for a violation of:1) This chapter;. 2) The terms of the permit;. 3) A State or federal wildlife law or regulation; or. 4) Animal cruelty laws.. B. Providing deceptive or false information on an application for a wildlife damage control permit constitutes a violation of this chapter.C. A violation of any provision or restriction on the permit also constitutes a violation of this ch
08.03.15.9999.htm 08.03.15.9999. Administrative History Effective date: August 25, 2008 (35:17 Md. R. 1485). Regulation .03A amended effective April 20, 2020 (47:8 Md. R. 435). Regulation .04A amended effective November 30, 2009 (36:24 Md. R. 1857). Regulation .24B amended effective March 17, 2014 (41:5 Md. R. 341). Regulation .28E amended effective April 5, 2010 (37:7 Md. R. 569). Regulation .28F adopted effective April 5, 2010 (37:7 Md. R. 569).
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