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State permit policies & procedures

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    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
    Wildlife Division

    Permits page   


    Carol Turner
    Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
    3406 Cherry Ave., N.E.
    Salem OR 97303
    Phone: (503) 947-6303
    Fax: (503) 947-6330

Is a permit needed for banding?

Yes. Per permit form, the permit is needed to collect, salvage, handle, live-trap, mark and/or release. Confirmed by C. Turner (pers.comm to E. Paul 13 July 2009).

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - Available here or from the agency website
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - same form

  • Salvage - same form

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.



Purpose of Scientific Taking Permits

Rules to take wildlife for scientific study allow educational institutions and private and public scientists a means to study or gain knowledge of wildlife. The Department acts as coordinator and contact for wildlife research projects conducted in Oregon. Refer to Division 7 for taking fish on a Scientific Taking Permits.

Scientific Taking Permit Requirements

Any person desiring to take wildlife for scientific purposes must first secure a Scientific Taking Permit by applying to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The application shall list the wildlife species and numbers to be collected, the areas and methods of collecting, purpose for collecting, the date of application, the name, address, occupation, and signature of the applicant, and the signature and affiliation of the sponsor if the applicant is a student. This permit may not be used in lieu of a hunting license.

Cost of Permit

Scientific Taking Permits shall cost $10 effective with permits issued for 1992 and shall expire on December 31 of the year issued.

Conditions of Scientific Taking Permit

Scientific taking permittees shall adhere to all requirements, terms, and conditions included on the Scientific Taking Permit and the record keeping requirements below:

(1) Every scientific taking permittee shall at the time of taking wildlife, record the species, numbers, area and date wildlife were taken.

(2) Records shall be maintained at the business address of the scientific taking permittee for a period of three years.

(3) Records shall be sent to the Department at 3406 Cherry Avenue NE, Salem, Oregon 97303 within 30 days of the expiration of the permit.

Persons Eligible for Scientific Taking Permit

Any person who has need to collect wildlife for the purpose of acquiring knowledge thereof may apply for a Scientific Taking Permit. Eligible persons include members of public or private scientific organizations, professional educators, college or university students working under the sponsorship of accredited professors, and scientists employed by private corporations and public natural resource agencies. An application will be evaluated for approval and may be denied if it lacks merit.

Cancellation of Scientific Taking Permit

Failure to comply with the conditions stipulated in OAR 635-043-0030 through 635-043-0040 is cause to cancel the permit and confiscate the wildlife taken.