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State permit policies & procedures

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    Wyoming Game and Fish Department
    Permits info


    Wyoming Game and Fish Department
    Attn: Permitting Officer
    3030 Energy Lane
    Casper, WY 82604
    Phone: (307) 233-6413
    Fax: (307) 473-3433

Permit needed for banding: Yes. The regulation specifies that a permit is needed to capture and handle.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - download here or from website here
  • Renewal - same form
  • Threatened and Endangered -  same form
  • Salvage - same form

State lands

To be determined. It is always a good practice to contact the manager of the state park, forest, or wildlife management area where you plan to work to be sure your work will not interfere with their management activities or conflict with public use, including hunting.

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.


Wyoming Rules and Regulations


Section 1. Authority. These rules are promulgated by authority of W.S. 23-1-
302(a)(vii), (x), (xiii) and (xxii).

Section 2. Purpose. It shall be the purpose of this regulation to govern and
regulate the issuance of permits to take, capture, handle, and transport Wyoming wildlife.
Such permits may be issued to persons, educational institutions, or governmental entities
when it is determined that the scientific research, educational, or special purposes are
beneficial to wildlife, the department or the public.

Section 3. Regulation. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission hereby adopts
the following regulation concerning the issuance of scientific research, educational or
special purpose permits. The Commission authorizes the Department to develop and
maintain policies, processes and procedures necessary to carry out the provisions of this
Chapter. This regulation shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the

Section 4. Definitions. For the purpose of this regulation, definitions shall be as
set forth in Title 23, Wyoming Statutes, and the Commission also adopts the following
(a) “Education” means the act or process of imparting knowledge or skill when
that is the primary purpose of obtaining a permit.
(b) “Educational institutions” means any accredited college, university, or
recognized educational institution.
((cc)) “Governmental entities” means any state or federal wildlife, natural resource
or agricultural agency.
(d) “Scientific research” means the systematic investigative or experimental
activities which are carried out for the purpose of acquiring new and relevant knowledge
pertaining to wildlife biology, ecology or management, or the revision of accepted
conclusions, theories, or laws in the light of newly discovered facts, and which are
conducted in a humane fashion by qualified personnel, and the results of which would
meet the accepted standards for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal.
(e) “Special purpose” means activities in which a permit is required in order to
take or relocate wildlife, but is not considered scientific research or educational.
(f) “Wildlife” means every wild mammal, bird, fish, amphibian, reptile, mollusk,
crustacean, their viable gametes (eggs and sperm), fertilized eggs, or any hybrid
(including hybrids between wildlife and wildlife and hybrids between wildlife and
domestic or domesticated animals) or any transgenic product thereof.

Section 5. Scientific Research, Educational, or Special Purpose Permits.
Scientific research, educational, or special purpose permits may be issued by the director
of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department or his designee to duly authorized agents of
educational institutions, governmental entities, and other persons of science or education
for scientific research or educational purposes, or special purpose activities to take
wildlife under the following conditions:
(a) To receive consideration, the applicant shall submit an application for a
permit on a form provided by the Department. Incomplete applications or applications
containing false statements or misrepresentations shall be denied. The application shall
be submitted to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne,
Wyoming 82006, Attention: Permitting Officer and shall state the name of the institution
or entity for which the applicant is an agent and the title or position said applicant holds,
which would qualify the applicant for a permit. The application shall designate the name
of the individual responsible as the permittee and any other person(s) authorized for the
activities conducted under the permit and for the submission of the annual report. The
application shall present, in detail, a list of the species to be taken, the numbers to be
collected and/or possessed, the specific Game and Fish Department administrative
region(s) where species are to be possessed and/or collections are to be made, specific
locations and approximate collection dates and the methods of collection to be used. The
Department may require the applicant to provide certification demonstrating the
applicant is proficient in the methods or techniques to be utilized while conducting
activities authorized by the permit. The application shall state the purpose for which
such possession and/or collections will be made and the expected benefits to science,
research, education or department wildlife management goals. The application shall also
provide detailed information, including a detailed study plan which contains the
following elements: a statement of the need for the study and expected management
application and benefit to the State of Wyoming and/or the general knowledge of
wildlife; a description of study area(s), data collection and analytical methodologies
which demonstrate ability to meet study objectives; and a description of financial and
other resources which demonstrate ability to meet study objectives. Copies of any
required federal permits for the take or possession of wildlife, if applicable, shall
accompany the permit application.
(b) The application for a permit must be received by the Wyoming Game and
Fish Department at least twenty (20) working days prior to the issuance of the permit in
33-3 order to allow time for the Department to review and provide consideration to the
(c) Permits shall only be issued if the Department determines there is a need for
the information collected from the proposed scientific research, there is a valid
educational purpose and the issuance of the permit is not detrimental to the wildlife
resource, or it has been determined a special purpose permit is required.
(d) The permit shall bear the name(s) of the individual(s) authorized to take
wildlife and/or make collections, and will offer no protection to anyone other than those
named or designated on the permit to carry out any activity authorized by the permit.
Permits issued under this regulation are not transferable.
(e) The Department may require that permit holders notify the regional wildlife
supervisor, or regional wildlife management coordinator, or other Department personnel
as indicated on the permit prior to taking any terrestrial wildlife or reptiles, or regional
fisheries supervisor, or other Department personnel as indicated on the permit prior to
taking any fish or amphibians in the region where collections are to be made.
Notification shall include the inclusive dates and specific area of activities prior to
making any collection, or possessing any wildlife or conducting any activity which
results in the take of wildlife.
(f) As a condition of the permit, the Department may limit the length of time,
location, facilities and any other stipulations in which wildlife may be captured, imported
and possessed. Any person desiring to import live wildlife under this regulation shall
comply with all other Commission regulations governing the possession and/or
importation of live wildlife.
(g) The person designated as the permittee on the permit, regardless of any other
names listed on the permit, shall submit a written report to Headquarters of the Wyoming
Game and Fish Department, Attention Permitting Officer. This report may be required to
be submitted electronically as per permit stipulation. For scientific research permits, the
report shall contain a record of the number of each species of wildlife taken, the locality
where taken by UTM coordinates or to the nearest township, range, section and 1/4
section, the age and sex of animals taken when practical, a description of the habitat
where taken, any other information as required by the Department and the disposition of
the animal(s) to include such information as to whether the animal was euthanized,
marked and/or released. The report for the special purpose permit shall describe what
activity was accomplished under the permit. The Department shall require that all data
and records be submitted in an approved format. It shall also include any reports or
papers written as a result of collections made under the permit. In the case of the permit
being issued for educational purposes, the report shall provide a detailed explanation of
the presentation(s) and a list of dates and locations the presentation(s) were conducted
and the total number of audience in attendance. The Department may require any
additional information in the report it deems necessary to evaluate the value to wildlife
33-4 management of having issued the permit. Reports shall be due on or before January 31
following the year for which the permit was valid.
(h) If the individual(s) designated as the permittee fails to submit the required
written report and/or data and records in an approved format, no future permit shall be
issued to that institution, entity, or individual until the permit report requirement is met.
Section 6. Controlling Regulation. In the event that Chapter 33 might conflict
with Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regulation, Chapter 10 Regulation for
Importation, Possession, Confinement, Transportation, Sale and Disposition of Live
Wildlife, Chapter 10 will control the importation and possession of wildlife.

Section 7. Violation of Regulation. Failure to abide by the provisions of this
regulation shall be punishable as provided by Wyoming statutes for violations of
Commission regulations. Conviction for violation of this regulation or failure on the part
of the permit applicant or holder to comply fully with this regulation may result in
immediate revocation of said permit and refusal to issue any future permits.
Section 8. Savings Clause. If any provision of this regulation shall be held to be
illegal or unconstitutional, such a ruling shall not affect other provisions of this
regulation which can be given effect without the illegal or unconstitutional provision;
and, to this end, the provisions of this regulation shall be severable.