US FISH AND WILDLIFE

We have copied a the Cites section for you off the US Fish and Wildlife website with direct links to agencies, ports, appraiser's, species list and more. along with a direct link for you to go to the US Fish And Wildlife website.


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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at different offices at the national, regional, and/or wildlife port levels. Generally, all wildlife (including parts and products) imported or exported from the United States for any purpose must be declared and cleared through an authorized wildlife port. We do not issue hunting and fishing licenses. Instead, those are issued by State wildlife agencies.

Permits provide a means to balance use and conservation of protected species. You can help conserve protected species by complying with these laws to ensure that your lawful activities are separate and distinct from the activities that harm populations in the wild. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to go forward.

Before you get started, first determine whether your species of interest is listed under domestic and international law, and whether you need a permit.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understands that there are occasions when prohibited activities may be unharmful or even beneficial to protected species. Our objective is to use permits to authorize and monitor activities consistent with the conservation, protection, and enhancement of wildlife, plants, and their habitats. Permits also facilitate the collection of species-specific trade data. We are able to determine trends in trade from the data derived from permits to ensure that trade in wildlife is sustainable. Most of the permits we issue are for the import and export of species that are protected by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Several additional laws that protect wildlife can also be relevant.

Follow the three step process below to find out if you need a permit. Allow yourself some time to complete this process. You may need to conduct research on your species of interest and contact other agencies throughout this assessment. At the end of this process you should be able to state an activity narrative, such as "I wish to export a specimen of black bear (Ursus americanus), which is protected under CITES Appendix II." This activity narrative will help you select the correct application form, if applicable.

Step One: Determine the Scientific Name of Your Species

What is the species of wildlife or plant? To determine whether these regulations apply to your species of interest, you will first need to determine the scientific name (genus and species), as wildlife protections are designated at the species, or sometimes the subspecies level.

For example, the scientific name of the monk parakeet is genus Myiopsitta, species monachus, or “Myiopsitta monachus,” the scientific name of Brazilian rosewood is genus Dalbergia, species nigra, or “Dalbergia nigra” and the scientific name of the hawksbill sea turtle is genus Eretmochelys, species imbricata or “Eretmochelys imbricata.” The scientific name of the Sumatran tiger is genus Panthera, species tigris, subspecies sumatrae, or "Panthera tigris sumatrae."

Ask a veterinarian, scientist or qualified appraiser to help you determine what type of wildlife or plant you have. You may also be able to find the scientific name online.

Step Two: Determine How Your Species / Specimen is Protected

Once you know the scientific name of your species of interest determine whether the species is protected under each U.S. or international law. Keep in mind that a species may be listed under multiple laws, so multiple authorizations may be required. If more than one type of permit for an activity is required by multiple regulations, we may be able to issue one consolidated permit authorizing the activity, provided certain criteria are met. Please start by checking the following species lists:

1. CITES - Search by scientific name or common name in the list of CITES Species.

2. Endangered Species Act (ESA) - Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Endangered Species program website.

3. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction over the walrus, polar bear, sea otter, marine otter, West African manatee, Amazonian manatee, West Indian manatee, and dugong. All other marine mammals are regulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. Learn more about marine mammal permits at our webpage on the topic.

4. Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA) See the species listed under the Wild Bird Conservation Act.

5. Lacey Act - Check the current list of injurious wildlife. Injurious wildlife are species, including offspring and eggs, designated through regulation to be injurious to the health and welfare of humans, the interests of agriculture, horticulture or forestry, and the welfare and survival of wildlife resources of the United States.species, including offspring and eggs, designated through regulation to be injurious to the health and welfare of humans, the interests of agriculture, horticulture or forestry, and the welfare and survival of wildlife resources of the United States. Please see our guidance if you are a constrictor snake owner. Also see the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program's Injurious Wildlife webpage.

6. Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) - View the list of MBTA protected birds.

Step Three: Discover Which Application You Need

What activity do you seek to conduct? Generally, if you seek to conduct import, export, take, or conduct interstate or international commercial activities and your species of interest is protected under domestic or international law but can also be legally traded, the next step is to apply for a permit. First find the permit application you need.

Please note: if your specimen is only protected under CITES Appendix II or III and you are traveling with or moving your personal belongings, you may meet the requirements of the CITES personal and household effects exemption.

If you already know that your species of interest or your activity do not meet the criteria of the CITES personal and household effects exemption, such as all commercial endeavors, all CITES Appendix-I, ESA, WBCA, MMPA, and MBTA protected species, and species listed as Injurious Wildlife under the Lacey Act, a permit is required.

Are you now ready to apply for a permit? If so, you can search for the application you need and you can also review our tips on completing application forms.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at different offices at the national, regional, and/or wildlife port levels. Generally, all wildlife (including parts and products) imported or exported from the United States for any purpose must be declared and cleared through an authorized wildlife port. We do not issue hunting and fishing licenses. Instead, those are issued by State wildlife agencies.

Permits provide a means to balance use and conservation of protected species. You can help conserve protected species by complying with these laws to ensure that your lawful activities are separate and distinct from the activities that harm populations in the wild. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to go forward.

Before you get started, first determine whether your species of interest is listed under domestic and international law, and whether you need a permit.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service understands that there are occasions when prohibited activities may be unharmful or even beneficial to protected species. Our objective is to use permits to authorize and monitor activities consistent with the conservation, protection, and enhancement of wildlife, plants, and their habitats. Permits also facilitate the collection of species-specific trade data. We are able to determine trends in trade from the data derived from permits to ensure that trade in wildlife is sustainable. Most of the permits we issue are for the import and export of species that are protected by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Several additional laws that protect wildlife can also be relevant.

Follow the three step process below to find out if you need a permit. Allow yourself some time to complete this process. You may need to conduct research on your species of interest and contact other agencies throughout this assessment. At the end of this process you should be able to state an activity narrative, such as "I wish to export a specimen of black bear (Ursus americanus), which is protected under CITES Appendix II." This activity narrative will help you select the correct application form, if applicable.

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