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killed accidentally may possess that wild bird or wild animal for a period not to exceed 10 days for the purpose of delivering it to a licensed taxidermist for preparation.  The licensed taxidermist may accept the wild bird or wild animal after satisfying himself that the animal was killed accidentally.  The taxidermist shall certify and record the circumstances of acquisition as determined by the injuries to the animal.  Licensed taxidermists shall keep accurate records of each wildlife specimen received pursuant to the rule as required by 15A NCAC 10H .1003 of this Chapter.  Upon delivery of the finished taxidermy product to the person presenting the animal, the taxidermist shall give the person a receipt indicating the sex and species, date of delivery, circumstances of initial acquisition and the name, address, and signature of the taxidermist.  The receipt shall be permanently affixed to the back or bottom of the finished product and shall be retained by the person for as long as the mounted specimen is kept.  Mounted specimens possessed pursuant to this Rule may not be sold and, if such specimens are transferred by gift or inheritance, the new owner must retain the permit to document the legality of possession.  This provision does not allow possession of accidentally killed raptors; nongame migratory birds; species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern under 15A NCAC 10I .0103, .0104, and .0105 of this Chapter; black bear or wild turkey.
(7)Edible portions of wild boar taken under depredation permit may be retained by the landowner for consumption or, if stipulated on the permit, donated to a charitable food organization.
(e)  Reporting Requirements.  Any landholder who kills a deer, bear or wild turkey under a currently valid depredation permit shall report such kill on the form provided with the permit and mail the form immediately upon the expiration date to the Wildlife Resources Commission.  The killing and method of disposition of every game animal and game bird, every furbearing animal, and every nongame animal or nongame bird for which there is no open season, when killed for committing depredations to property, without a permit, shall be reported to the Wildlife Resources Commission within 24 hours following the time of such killing, except that when the carcass or pelt of a fox, killed under a depredation permit, or of a furbearing animal, killed with or without a permit, is lawfully sold to a licensed fur dealer in this State the fur dealer is required to report the source of acquisition and no report is required of the seller.

History Note:Authority G.S. 113134; 113273; 113274; 113291.4; 113291.6; 113300.1; 113300.2; 113307;

113331; 113333; 113334(a); 113337;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2008; August 1, 2002; July 1, 1997; July 1, 1995; January 1, 1995; January 1, 1992; August 1, 1990.


(a)  Collection Licenses.  The Executive Director is authorized to license qualified individuals to take or collect any species of wildlife resources except that endangered, threatened, special concern species and spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) may not be taken or collected except under a special permit issued by the Executive Director for research purposes.  This Rule shall not prohibit an individual from killing an endangered, threatened, or special concern species in defense of his own life or the lives of others without a permit.  Individuals who annually collect less than five reptiles or less than 25 amphibians that are not on the endangered, threatened or special concern lists and not including spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) are exempted from this license requirement.  Such license shall be issued upon payment of a fee in accordance with the General Statutes, except that licenses may be issued to representatives of educational or scientific institutions or of governmental agencies without charge.  Such license shall be used in lieu of any other hunting or trapping license required by law and shall authorize possession and transportation of the wildlife incidental to the authorized taking, except that it shall not authorize the taking, possession or transportation of any species of wildlife in violation of federal laws or regulations.
(b)  Limits on collection. Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Chelydridae (snapping turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year.  Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Kinosternidae (mud and musk turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year.  
(c)  Qualifications of Licensees.  In addition to representatives of educational and scientific institutions and governmental agencies the collection license may be issued to any individual for any purpose when such is not deemed inimical to the efficient conservation of the species to be collected or to some other wildlife species that may be dependent thereon.
(d)  Methods of Taking.  The manner of taking wildlife resources under a collection license may be specified by the Executive Director pursuant to G.S. 113-272.4(d) and need not be restricted to the usual methods of hunting or trapping.
(e)  Term of License.  The Executive Director may, pursuant to G.S. 113-272.4(c), impose time limits and other restrictions on the duration of any collection license, but unless so restricted the license shall be valid from January 1 through December 31 of the applicable year.
(f)  Report of Collecting Activity.  Each individual licensed under this Rule shall submit a written report to the Executive Director within 15 days following the date of expiration of the license.  The report shall be on a form supplied by the Wildlife

22:23                                                               NORTH CAROLINA REGISTER                                           JUNE 2, 2008


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