§ 650. Scientific Collecting Permits: Permits to Take or Possess Wildlife for Scientific, Educa...
14 CA ADC § 650Barclays Official California Code of Regulations
14 CCR § 650
§ 650. Scientific Collecting Permits: Permits to Take or Possess Wildlife for Scientific, Educational, and/or Propagation Purposes.
(a) General Provisions. Except as otherwise authorized by the Fish and Game Code or regulations adopted pursuant thereto, it shall be unlawful for any person or entity to take and/or possess live or dead wildlife, or parts thereof in any part of the State of California, for scientific, educational, and/or propagation purposes except as authorized by a permit issued by the department pursuant to this Section. It shall be unlawful for any person operating under a permit issued pursuant to this Section to violate any authorizations, conditions, or terms of the permit, or otherwise fail to comply with, or violate, this Section.
(1) The department may issue permits, subject to the conditions and restrictions determined by the department, which authorize and limit the kind and number of wildlife that may be taken or possessed, the type of equipment and methods to be used, the time and seasons for take, and the geographic locations where take may occur.
(2) Authorized Individual(s) shall carry in their possession a valid, government-issued form of identification at all times when conducting any take and/or possession activity authorized in a permit issued under this Section. The only acceptable forms of identification are driver's licenses or other photo identification cards issued by a U.S. state, a Native American tribe for its member, or an international passport. An identification card from a college, university or school is not a valid form of identification.
(3) In compliance with Section 1054.2 of the Fish and Game Code, Authorized Individual(s) shall carry in their possession the permit, including any amendments to the permit, and a current List of Authorized Individuals, at all times when conducting any activity authorized in a permit issued under this Section. Such permit documents shall be shown upon request to any person authorized to enforce the Fish and Game Code.
(5) The commercial sales, trade, or barter of wildlife taken or possessed pursuant to this Section is prohibited. Personal or human consumption of wildlife taken pursuant to this Section is prohibited, unless specifically allowed by conditions of the permit, or as exempt pursuant to subsection 650(u). Educational programs approved by the department are not considered commercial or consumptive activities. Wildlife taken and possessed by biological supplier businesses shall not be used for human consumption or commercial purposes, and shall only be taken and/or possessed for scientific or educational purposes when requested by a researcher or educator.
(6) A permit issued pursuant to this Section is required for any activity conducted for scientific, educational, or propagation purposes that directly or incidentally takes, possesses, injures, or damages wildlife within any Marine Managed Area, Marine Protected Area, or Special Closure, including installation of scientific equipment or sensors for studying or tracking wildlife or monitoring oceanographic conditions, as specified in Section 632 of these regulations.
(7) Any permit issued pursuant to Section 650 of these regulations (operative 7-18-1996) prior to October 1, 2018 shall be valid until the expiration date listed on the permit. All amendments and renewals following the effective date of these regulations shall comply with the procedures established in this Section, and those forms listed in subsection 703(c) of these regulations.
(6) “Executive Signatory” means the principal officer or responsible party on an Entity permit, having the legal or other authority to act for, or bind the Entity. The Executive Signatory may designate or change the Principal Investigator on an Entity permit when necessary, subject to approval by the department.
(19) “Principal Investigator” (“PI”) means a person approved by the department to be the primary person responsible for overseeing the permitted activities. In the case of an Entity permit, the PI is designated by the Permitholder; in all other cases the PI is the same as the Permitholder. The PI also:
(C) Is fully responsible for proposal development, securing all appropriate permits and landowner permission, project planning, training all Authorized Individuals and Field Assistants or other person(s) operating under the permit, maintaining quality control measures, knowing all activities that are occurring in the field, and taking appropriate action to respond to any wildlife injuries or mortalities resulting from permitted activities;
(20) “Procedures” includes measurement, weighing, experimental manipulation, surgical or medical techniques conducted on wildlife, including, but not limited to, anesthesia, gastric lavage, marking, collection of wildlife parts or products thereof, or other procedures as determined by the department.
(23) “Research” means scientific investigation, and may include educational components such as training. Research also includes surveys or inventories to assess the potential for, or to monitor actual project impacts on wildlife resources, as required by environmental documents, permits, or other legal authorizations.
1. Terrestrial and vernal pool invertebrates: invertebrates that occur on land above mean high tide of marine waters, including aquatic insects in the aerial life stage and those aquatic invertebrates that occur only in vernal pools or other ephemeral waters that support vernal pool invertebrates, but do not normally support finfish;
(D) Management responses necessary to prevent catastrophic wildlife population losses from drought, mudslides, wildfires, disease outbreaks, and other natural or man-made disasters, or to capture, temporarily possess, and relocate wildlife to avoid harm or mortality in connection with otherwise lawful activities.
(1) Applicants for a permit shall utilize those forms listed in subsection 703(c) of these regulations. Application forms are available on the department's internet web site: www.wildlife.ca.gov. Applications shall be submitted in an electronic format when available; no handwritten applications shall be accepted. Name(s) of all persons listed on the permit application shall match those on government-issued identification.
(2) Applicants shall provide all relevant and applicable information requested in the forms listed in subsection 703(c) of these regulations for the application to be considered complete. Failure to answer any questions fully or submit any required information may delay the processing of the application, or may result in denial of the application.
(A) If the application is determined to be incomplete, the department will notify the applicant in writing of any deficiencies in the application or information provided. The applicant shall provide any outstanding information or related documents to the department within 30 calendar days of the notification, or the application may be denied.
(C) The department shall notify the public at least 30 days prior to issuance of a permit and/or memorandum of understanding that authorizes (a) research study(ies) involving mountain lions (Puma concolor) (pursuant to Section 4810 of Fish and Game Code), or authorizes the use of dogs to pursue bears (Ursus americanus) or bobcats (Lynx rufus) for research (pursuant to Section 3960.4 of Fish and Game Code).
(1) “Entity permits” may be issued to an eligible Entity in the name of the Entity as the Permitholder. The Executive Signatory of an Entity permit shall designate a PI to oversee all activities conducted under the permit on the Entity's behalf. The Executive Signatory may also apply as the PI on a permit; in both cases, the PI shall be subject to approval by the department. Both the Entity and the PI shall be liable for any violations of this section or any authorizations, conditions, or terms of an Entity permit.
(g) Person(s) and Entity(ies) Eligible for Permit. Notwithstanding subsection 650(h), the department may issue an Individual permit to the following persons, or an Entity permit to the following organizations, institutions, affiliations, or partnerships among the following, to take and/or possess wildlife for scientific, educational, or propagation purposes:
(3) Except for when applying as Student Permitholders, current contact information (name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, and phone numbers) for two (2) references (for example, other Permitholders or subject matter experts) who can verify the person's experience with requested wildlife. For new applicants requesting take and/or possession of mountain lion, two letters of recommendation shall be submitted with the application as verifiable documentation, pursuant to Section 4810 of Fish and Game Code.
(4) In addition to the statement of qualifications and resume or CV, when applying as Student Permitholders, the applicant shall have one faculty member affiliated with the student's university or academic institution provide proof of sponsorship of the student via a letter of sponsorship submitted on organization letterhead. Proof of sponsorship by a faculty member shall be in lieu of the two references.
(A) May only be issued for activities that may have broad or general temporal and geographic scope, such as general research and education-based activities, involving certain non-invasive or standardized methods and procedures with low levels of accidental injury or mortality, and non-sensitive and/or common wildlife;
(D) Is required when terrestrial invertebrates covered on the California Terrestrial and Vernal Pool Invertebrates of Conservation Priority list (dated June 12, 2017, available at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Scientific-Collecting), hereby incorporated by reference, may be incidentally taken during the course of field activities that are otherwise exempt from a permit, pursuant to subsection 650(u)(5); and
(A) May only be issued for an individual study, or a planned undertaking, either of which shall meet the requirements of subsections 650(c) and 650(b)(19) of these regulations. An individual study involves activity(ies) that address specific research question(s), or achieves goals and objectives of defined temporal and geographic scope. A planned undertaking may involve one or more studies, or may involve multiple activities sharing a fundamental scope with unifying goals and objectives;
(B) May be issued for wildlife taxonomic groups under the responsibility of one or more department review programs (Inland Fisheries, Marine, and Terrestrial Wildlife), as determined by the department. The taxonomic groups, conservation status of the species or wildlife, invasiveness of proposed methods or procedures, or proposed locations of studies may result in a planned undertaking being ineligible for a single Specific Use permit, and instead require more than one Specific Use permit, or a combination of General Use and Specific Use permits;
(C) May be issued for wildlife and species, activities, and methods that may or may not otherwise be authorized under a General Use permit, as specified in the application form for Specific Use permits listed in subsection 703(c) of these regulations, and where permit conditions may be developed as appropriate;
(B) If eight Authorized Individuals per Authorization (aside from the PI) are not requested with submission of an application fee for a General Use level permit, then after permit issuance, the Permitholder may request an amendment for additional Authorized Individuals up to the maximum of eight on each Authorization. A nonrefundable amendment fee will be assessed as specified in subsections 650(l) and 703(c) of these regulations.
(B) If additional Authorized Individuals above eight (aside from the PI) are requested for approval to be named or covered on the LAI for (an) activity(ies), then the applicant shall justify in the application why more than eight Authorized Individuals (aside from the PI) are needed to conduct the proposed activity(ies) for department consideration. An additional fee in the amount of the amendment fee as specified in subsections 650(l) and 703(c) of these regulations shall be submitted to the department for it to consider the request.
(l) Permit Updates and Amendments. Permitholders may request the following types of changes to a permit issued pursuant to this Section with submission of an amendment application using forms listed in subsection 703(c) of these regulations. Applications to amend an existing permit are subject to the same application and review procedures indicated in subsection 650(e). Approved amendments do not change or extend the expiration date of the original permit.
(2) Amendments for General Use level permits. A General Amendment may be requested for eligible changes listed on General Use level amendment forms specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations. Eligible changes include the Executive Signatory changing a PI on an Entity permit, the addition or exchange of Authorized Individuals on the LAI under one or more Authorizations for both Entity and Individual permits, and the addition of one or more new Authorizations within the same permit for all Permitholder types. The amendment request will be reviewed by the appropriate department review program upon payment of the General Amendment fee specified in subsections 650(m) and 703(c) of these regulations, and may be approved or denied at the department's discretion.
(3) Amendments for Specific Use level permits. A Specific Amendment may be requested for eligible changes listed on the Specific Use level permit forms specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations. Eligible changes include the Executive Signatory changing a PI on an Entity permit, the addition or exchange of Authorized Individuals on the permit's LAI for both an Entity and Individual permit, and the amendment of Specific Use permit information for all Permitholder types. Specific Use permit information includes the proposed number and kind of wildlife to be taken or possessed, activities, methods, procedures, timeframe, and location. The amendment request will be reviewed by the appropriate department review program(s) upon payment of the Specific Amendment fee specified in subsections 650(m) and 703(c) of these regulations, and may be approved or denied at the department's discretion.
(4) New permit. Any amendment request to an existing General Use permit that requires more than eight Authorized Individuals per Authorization (aside from the PI), or requests Authorizations for taxonomic groups requiring review by a different department review program, shall require the appropriate new General Use permit application be submitted pursuant to subsections 650(d) and (e), and payment of fees pursuant to subsections 650(m) and 703(c) of these regulations. Any amendment or change request to an existing Specific Use permit that changes the fundamental scope, or goals and objectives of the original permit shall require a new permit application be submitted pursuant to subsections 650(d) and (e), and payment of fees pursuant to subsections 650(m) and 703(c) of these regulations.
(m) Permit Fees. An applicant for a new permit, an amendment to an existing permit, or a request for permit renewal shall submit the appropriate completed application/ renewal forms for General or Specific Use permits, or General or Specific amendment forms along with the appropriate nonrefundable fees and timeframe to pay such fees, as specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations.
(n) Permit Conditions. The Permitholder, all Authorized Individuals, and Field Assistants shall comply with all permit authorizations, conditions, or other terms of the permit, including “Standard Conditions for All Scientific Collecting Permits” incorporated by reference in subsection 703(c) of these regulations for every permit, as well as any additional conditions required by the department. The department may modify the authorizations, conditions, or terms of a permit at any time.
(o) Department Notification Prior to Conducting Field Work or Activity. Student Permitholders, and the PI, or any Authorized Individual on an Entity or Individual permit, shall notify the department at least 36 hours, but not more than 14 calendar days prior to conducting permitted take and/or possession activity(ies) in the field, unless otherwise specified in the conditions of the permit. All fields on the notification form specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations shall be completed, and the completed form shall be sent electronically to department law enforcement and other department contacts, as specified in the conditions of the permit.
(1) Field activities that may occur sequentially over more than one day, but within a 14-day period, or that follow a set schedule of up to a 14-day period, may be covered under a single notification, unless otherwise specified in the conditions of the permit. If field activities may span longer than a consecutive 14-day period, individual notification forms shall be re-submitted to the same contacts listed in the permit conditions every 14 days.
(1) Each Student Permitholder, or the PI on an Entity or Individual permit, shall report all wildlife taken and/or possessed within 30 days following the expiration of the permit, or upon submitting a renewal application, whichever comes first, or as required by the Authorizations or conditions in the permit. Even if the permit will not be renewed, each Student Permitholder, or Entity or Individual PI shall submit a final report to the department.
(A) A mandatory reporting form in an electronic format available on the department's website specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations, carried in possession during activities with permit documents consistent with subsection 650(a)(3), or in a paper or electronic format with the same required information fields. If no activities were conducted, or no wildlife were taken and/ or possessed during the permit period, the Permitholder shall indicate on the mandatory report(s) that no wildlife or specimens were taken and/or possessed;
(3) Failure to submit required information or reports shall result in revocation of an existing permit, and may result in denial of subsequent applications by that Permitholder, or may result in denial of future approval as a Permitholder or Authorized Individual on other permits, pursuant to subsection 1002(m) of the Fish and Game Code.
(1) Live wildlife may only be possessed, for purposes of this Section, with a valid permit or written authorization issued by the department. No live wildlife held, possessed, or displayed may be released to the wild for any purpose without written authorization by the department. Live wildlife may be transferred only as specified in the permit or written authorization, but shall be accompanied by the completed custody form as specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations.
(2) Accidentally killed or legally acquired dead wildlife that are salvaged, or otherwise possessed under a permit issued pursuant to this Section, may be transferred only as specified in the permit or in subsection 650(q)(3). Persons or entities receiving dead wildlife taken or possessed pursuant to this Section may be named as Authorized Individuals on the permit's LAI itself, and when a copy of the permit accompanies the dead wildlife, this shall serve as documentation of lawful taking and possession of said wildlife.
(3) Even if the recipients are named or covered on the permit, a completed custody form as specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations, in lieu of a permit, shall document and accompany the transfer of all dead wildlife taken or possessed under this Section, at all times, including during transport and shipment; this shall serve as documentation of lawful taking and possession of said wildlife. Subsequent transfers of such dead wildlife to another recipient shall also be documented and accompanied by the completed custody form specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations, and that form shall include all prior transfers. Reporting of such transfer via the custody form shall occur as specified in the original Permitholder's permit conditions as the donor, as required by the custody form for reporting by a subsequent recipient acting as a donor, or as required for reporting under subsection 650(p).
(4) Eligible entities as defined in subsection 650(g) engaged in scientific study, education, or propagation of wildlife that are open to the public for viewing of wildlife specimens may possess, accept donations of, or exchange between organizations, such specimens lawfully taken or possessed pursuant to this Section without obtaining a separate permit. A copy of the permit under which the animal was taken, or a custody form as specified in subsection 703(c) of these regulations, shall accompany such wildlife. This exemption shall not apply to wildlife taken pursuant to other codes or regulations, including any candidate, threatened, endangered, or fully protected species, or wildlife taken under a hunting or fishing license.
(E) The proposed take and/or possession of wildlife does not meet the requirements of this Section and related sections of the Fish and Game Code, or the purpose of the submitted application proposed take does not meet the scientific, educational, or propagation purposes described in subsection 650(c);
(3) The department shall notify the Permitholder of any permit revocation, suspension, or modification action in writing, and within 30 days of applicant receipt of notification, the department shall send electronically and via certified mail the following information: the name of the Permitholder, any permit identification number(s), a description of the reasons for the revocation, suspension, or modification, any action(s) necessary for the Permitholder to correct any deficiencies, the required disposition of wildlife, and the Permitholder's right to request reconsideration of the department's action.
(t) Requests for Reconsideration. Any Permitholder who receives a notice of revocation, suspension, or modification of their permit, or a notice of denial of their permit application for a new permit, or permit renewal or amendment, may submit a written request for reconsideration to the department no later than 30 calendar days following the date of the notification, and shall set forth the reasons for the requested reconsideration. The department shall consider any information submitted with the request, and within 60 calendar days may, in its sole discretion, reverse or amend its decision, including based upon a mistake of fact, a mistake of law, or because the Permitholder takes corrective actions pursuant to new permit conditions or an agreement direction from the department.
(2) Entities or persons performing monitoring activities for dreissenid mussels in waterbodies or water supply systems as defined in Sections 672(a)(10) and (11) of these regulations under a department-approved Dreissenid Mussel Control Plan pursuant to subsection 672.1(a), or a department-reviewed Prevention Program pursuant to subsection 672.1(b) of these regulations.
(3) Routine water or sediment sampling for chemical, bacterial, or other analyses as required by government regulation or mandate when aquatic, freshwater, or benthic invertebrates, or other wildlife are not being targeted. This exemption does not apply for the following activities in marine waters:
(6) Take or possession of terrestrial plants, and freshwater plants and algae. Persons wanting to take or possess rare, threatened, and/or endangered plant species shall obtain a scientific, educational or management permit, pursuant to Section 786.9 of these regulations, or sections 1900 et seq. or 2080 et seq. of the Fish and Game Code.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 702, 1002, 1002.5, 1003, 1050, 2860 and 4810, Fish and Game Code. Reference: Sections 14, 22, 33, 45, 51, 54, 56, 79, 80, 86, 88, 89.5, 703.3, 710.5, 711.7, 713, 1001, 1002, 1006, 1008, 1017, 1050, 1050.1, 1050.3, 1050.5, 1052, 1054, 1054.2, 1603, 1700, 1755, 1764, 1801, 1802, 1907, 2000, 2000.5, 2002, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2021, 2080, 2081, 2353, 2582, 2583, 2835, 3007, 3503, 3503.5, 3511, 3960.4, 4004, 4150, 4155, 4700, 4810, 5050, 5515, 8598.3 and 12000, Fish and Game Code; Section 597, Penal Code; and Sections 36602 and 36710, Public Resources Code.
1. New subsection (a)(8) filed 1-16-74; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 74, No. 3). For prior history, see Register 70, No. 50.
2. Repealer and new section filed 7-16-81; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 81, No. 29).
3. Order of Repeal of last sentence of first paragraph of subsection (g) and subsection (l) filed 6-3-85 by OAL pursuant to Government Code Section 11349.7; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 26).
4. Repealer and new section filed 6-18-96; operative 7-18-96 (Register 96, No. 25).
5. Amendment of section heading, repealer and new section and amendment of Note filed 5-1-2018; operative 10-1-2018 (Register 2018, No. 18).
This database is current through 9/22/23 Register 2023, No. 38.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 14, § 650, 14 CA ADC § 650
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