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Approved On: April 25, 2019
Effective On: April 25, 2019

It is unlawful to release wildlife into the wild without prior written approval from the Commission. To protect the health and safety of the public and the wildlife resources, the Commission and its designees are authorized to recapture or dispatch any wildlife, whether kept legally or illegally, that escapes from or is illegally released from captivity.


  1. Captive-raised quail, pheasant, chukar and mallards may be released in compliance with a Game Bird Shooting Resort Permit
  2. Native wildlife, other than mountain lions, may be released in compliance with a Commission Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit or a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit
  3. Persons may be permitted on a temporary basis to possess, hold captive and release raccoon, fox, coyote, captive-reared mallards, pen-raised quail, chukar or pheasant for the purposes of training dogs or conducting field trials sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, National Field Retriever Association, North American Hunting Retriever Association, Hunting Retrievers Club, United Kennel Club or American Coon Hunters Association upon requesting a Shoot-ToKill Retrieving Dog Training Permit and/or (for captive-reared mallards) and/or receiving written approval from the Chief of Wildlife Management
  4. In compliance with (Code 09.15)

PENALTY: Class 3

  1. Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs accrued by the Commission in the recapture, including all manhours of Commission personnel, storage and care of any released and/or recaptured wildlife in connection with the violation
  2. Any person convicted of violating this regulation shall be liable for the costs of any and all tests and/or examinations of the released wildlife and shall be liable for the costs of destruction and/or disposal of the released wildlife, as deemed necessary by the Commission for the protection of native wildlife
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