Falconry

Nongame Wildlife Program


Using Raptors for Wildlife Abatement in Minnesota

Separate permits are required to use raptors for wildlife abatement in Minnesota. "Abatement" means using raptors to remove animals from undesirable locations through disturbance or capture or to remove animals under a state or federal depredation permit through disturbance or capture.  Other permits or licenses may be required under game and fish laws for the capture or taking of animals. 

Please note: Falconry and raptor abatement are fundamentally different activities.  Falconry is the art of training and using a raptor to hunt quarry for sport. Abatement is the act of using a trained raptor to flush, haze, or pursue (and in some cases to take) depredating birds or other wildlife to mitigate damage done by those animals.

Topics in this section include:

  1. Obtaining a Raptor Abatement Permit
  2. Raptors used in Abatement
    1. Raptors
    2. Permit Possession Issues
  3. Subpermittees under a Raptor Abatement Permit
  4. Regulations Specific to Raptor Abatement Permits
  5. Reporting Requirements
  6. How to Renew your Permit

 

1. To obtain a Raptor Abatement Permit:

A Federal Special Purpose Abatement Permit is required to conduct abatement activities in the United States (issued under Federal Regulations 50-CRF 21.27 with guidance outlined in the application and permit based on USFWS Migratory Bird Permit Memorandum: Abatement Activities Using Raptors dated Aug. 22, 2007).  Federal Abatement permits are only valid if the permittee is also in compliance with state requirements.

A Minnesota Raptor Abatement Permit is required to conduct abatement activities in Minnesota.  The permit is also required in order for the permittee to possess raptors that are used for abatement purposes; however, under current regulations, the raptors must be held under the permittee's Falconry Permit, at least while the raptors are held in Minnesota.  See "Permit Possession Issues" (below) for raptor possession information.

  1. Permittees must be the holder of a valid Minnesota Master Falconry Permit in good standing.
  2. Apply for and receive a Federal Special Purpose Abatement Permit.
  3. Construct facilities (both mews and weathering area) and pass the facility and equipment inspection.
    • NOTE: Facility schematics must be included with the application form.  Facility schematics must include dimensions for each holding area, the number of birds stored in each holding area, and whether the birds will be tethered or free in each holding area.
  4. If the raptors are to be transported, raptors must be transported and temporarily held in facilities the meet federal falconry facilities regulation standards.
  5. Return the completed Raptor Abatement Permit Application Form and all required documentation to the Falconry Coordinator at heidi.cyr@state.mn.us.
    • NOTE: Submission of the application form and required documentation constitute the "proposal or business plan" listed in regulation for Raptor Abatement Permits.
    • NOTE: All experience working as a subpermittee under other permittee's abatement permits should be listed and Permittees should include copies of the permits listing them as a subpermittee.

 

2. Raptors used in a Raptor Abatement Program

a) Raptors

Raptors used in abatement activities:

Additional stipulations:

 

b) Permit Possession Issues

 

3. Subpermittees under a Raptor Abatement Permit

Subpermittee issues:

 

4. Regulations specific to Raptor Abatement Permits

 

5. Reporting Requirements

 

6. How to Renew your Permit

Minnesota Raptor Abatement Permits are valid for 3 years, and expire on September 30 of the 3rd year.  Please note: Federal Raptor Abatement Permits require a separate renewal process.  To renew your Minnesota Raptor Abatement Permit you must:

  1. Pass a facilities and equipment inspection performed by a Conservation Officer, Nongame Specialist, or Falconry Coordinator.
  2. Apply for and receive a Federal Raptor Abatement Permit.
  3. Return the completed Raptor Abatement Permit Application Form and all required documentation to heidi.cyr@state.mn.us when replying via email to the Annual Falconry Information Email.
  4. Renewal requests must be submitted 30 days before the permit expires.

 

The above information is a brief summary of the state and federal falconry regulations. For complete falconry and raptor abatement regulations, consult Minnesota Rules Chapter 6234.0800, Chapter 6238, and Federal Regulations 50-CRF 21.29 and 50-CRF 21.30.