"Application to Import and Possess Certain Non-native (Exotic) Wildlife in Virginia" - Virginia

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VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
APPLICATION TO IMPORT AND POSSESS CERTAIN NON-NATIVE (EXOTIC) WILDLIFE
IN VIRGINIA (9 – EXIH)
(Under Authority of § 29.1-542 of the Code of Virginia, 4 VAC 15-30)
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Permit Period is January 1
through December 31
(or part thereof)
Non-refundable Application Fee: $10.00
Permit (Check One): ____ NEW ____ RENEWAL Previous VDGIF Permit #________________
____Mr. ____Mrs. ____Ms. ____Miss.
Name of Applicant ____________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Address
____________________ ________ ________
____________________
City
State
Zip
County
Phone Number
Email
______________________
______________________________________
Date of Birth
Last 4 of SSN
Last 4 of Driver’s Lic#
Business Name__________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
Business Address
____________________ ________ ________
____________________
City
State
Zip
County
Business Phone Number
______________________
Location of facility where animal(s) will be kept:____________________________________________
__________________________________________________________ County:___________________
List species to be imported and possessed (common & scientific names, and number):_______________
____________________________________________________________________________________
Purpose of importation:_________________________________________________________________
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VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
APPLICATION TO IMPORT AND POSSESS CERTAIN NON-NATIVE (EXOTIC) WILDLIFE
IN VIRGINIA (9 – EXIH)
(Under Authority of § 29.1-542 of the Code of Virginia, 4 VAC 15-30)
st
st
Permit Period is January 1
through December 31
(or part thereof)
Non-refundable Application Fee: $10.00
Permit (Check One): ____ NEW ____ RENEWAL Previous VDGIF Permit #________________
____Mr. ____Mrs. ____Ms. ____Miss.
Name of Applicant ____________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Address
____________________ ________ ________
____________________
City
State
Zip
County
Phone Number
Email
______________________
______________________________________
Date of Birth
Last 4 of SSN
Last 4 of Driver’s Lic#
Business Name__________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
Business Address
____________________ ________ ________
____________________
City
State
Zip
County
Business Phone Number
______________________
Location of facility where animal(s) will be kept:____________________________________________
__________________________________________________________ County:___________________
List species to be imported and possessed (common & scientific names, and number):_______________
____________________________________________________________________________________
Purpose of importation:_________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________
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Person or facility from which animal(s) will be acquired:
Name:______________________________________________ Telephone number:________________
Address:____________________________________________________________________________
Applicant Signature __________________________________
Date________________________
By my signature above, I hereby certify that all entries made on this application are true and complete, and I agree
and understand that any falsification of information herein, regardless of time of discovery, may result in denial or
revocation of my permit.
TYPED SIGNATURE IS AUTHORIZED AND BINDING PER CODE OF VIRGINIA §1-13.32 AND §2.1-7.4
(Please briefly describe on the back how the animal will be housed, secured from the public and
escapement, and maintained.)
Make nonrefundable application fee check payable to: Treasurer of Virginia and
return to: Permits Section, VDGIF, P O Box 3337, Henrico, VA 23228
THIS PERMIT EXPIRES DECEMBER 31
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Animal housing, security and escapement, maintenance and care description:
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DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE IMPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF CERTAIN
EXOTIC SPECIES
EXOTIC SPECIES PERMIT INFORMATION: Under authority of Sections 29.1-103 and 29.1-521
of the Code of Virginia it shall be unlawful to take, possess, import, cause to be imported, export, cause
to be exported, buy, sell, offer for sale or liberate within the Commonwealth any wild animal unless
otherwise specifically permitted by law or regulation. Unless otherwise stated, for the purposes of
identifying species regulated by the Board, when both the scientific and common names are listed, the
scientific reference to genus and species will take precedence over common names.
Under the authority of Section 29.1-542 of the Code of Virginia, live wolves or coyotes, or birds and
animals otherwise classed as predatory or undesirable, may not be imported into the Commonwealth or
liberated therein, or possessed therein, except under a special permit of the Board. Before such permit
is issued, the importer shall make application to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
(Department), giving the place of origin, the name and address of the exporter and a certificate from a
licensed and accredited practicing veterinarian, or certified fish pathologist, certifying that the animal to
be imported is not manifesting any signs of infectious, contagious, or communicable disease. (IF
ANIMALS ARE ACQUIRED FROM AN IN-STATE SOURCE, A HEALTH CERTIFICATE IS
NOT NECESSARY.)
Regulation 4 VAC 15-30-40 states that a special permit is required and may be issued by the
Department, if consistent with the department's fish and wildlife management program, to import,
possess, or sell those non-native (exotic) animals that the board finds and declares to be predatory or
undesirable within the meaning and intent of Section 29.1-542 of the Code of Virginia, in that their
introduction into the Commonwealth will be detrimental to the native fish and wildlife resources of
Virginia.
It shall be unlawful for any person, or persons, to display, exhibit, handle or use any poisonous or
dangerous snake or reptile in such a manner as to endanger the life or health of any person under
authority of Section 18.2-313 of the Code of Virginia.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any exotic reptile or type of reptile not native to the
Commonwealth of Virginia, including but not limited to the American alligator, to keep the reptile in
any manner that will permit its escape or to knowingly permit the reptile to run at large under authority
of Section 29.1-569 of the Code of Virginia.
The public should not be allowed to come into direct contact with any animals possessed under this
permit, or within close proximity of any animal possessed under this permit where a person's health and
safety could be potentially compromised.
APPLICATION: Application for a permit and a $10.00 non-refundable application fee shall be
submitted to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Permits Section, P O Box 3337, Henrico,
VA 23228 (All checks made payable to the "Treasurer of Virginia").
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TERM OF PERMIT: Permits issued under the provisions of this section shall be issued on a fiscal year
basis beginning January 1 and expiring December 31.
RENEWAL: It shall be the responsibility of the permittee to initiate any and all renewals.
COMPLIANCE/VIOLATION/REVOCATION:
A. Regulation 4 VAC 15-290-130 states that a permit holder shall comply with all terms and
conditions of any permit issued by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries pursuant to Title
29.1 of the Code of Virginia and the regulations of the board pertaining to hunting, fishing,
trapping, attempting to take, possession, sale, offering for sale, transporting or causing to be
transported, importing or exporting, propagating, exhibiting, and rehabilitating of any wild bird,
wild animal or fish. The penalty for violation of this section is a Class 3 misdemeanor unless
another penalty is specified. Further, any violation of state or federal wildlife laws related to the
permitted activities by the permittee, his/her agents or employees, or guests will constitute a
violation of the conditions of the permit.
B.
As provided by 4 VAC 15-30-5, failure to comply with the provisions of a permit may
result in the revocation or suspension of the permit for a period up to but not to exceed five (5)
years. Any person whose permit is revoked, or suspended may appeal that decision in writing, to
the Director, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, P O Box 90778, Henrico, VA 23228-
0778.
RELEASE TO THE WILD: Under no circumstances shall any non-native (exotic) species be released
into the wild.
FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL LAWS: This permit does not absolve the permittee of any
responsibilities or conditions of any other federal, state, or local laws and regulations, including those
that apply to threatened and endangered species.
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