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DNR Clarifies Permits Required For Release Of Captive-Raised Mallards
ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently adopted regulations to clarify that captive-raised mallard ducks may not be released to the wild except under the authority of a permit from DNR.
“Considering concerns over health standards and proper husbandry, it is imperative that the DNR know the origin, as well as when and where captive-raised mallards are being released in Maryland,” said Paul A. Peditto, Director of DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Captive-raised mallard ducks may be released only under the authority of a Regulated Shooting Area Permit, Retriever Training Permit, or a special Field Trial Permit. A Regulated Shooting Area is a tract of land on which the licensee may release and shoot captive-raised mallard ducks and other game birds. Requirements, regulations and application forms to apply for a Regulated Shooting Area Permit may be viewed online at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/rsapermit.asp.
A Retriever Training Permit allows the permittee to release and immediately shoot or retrieve captive-raised mallard ducks and other game birds for the purpose of dog training. Requirements, regulations, and application procedures for a Retriever Training Permit may be accessed online at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/retpermit.asp.
Permits for conducting sanctioned field trials during closed seasons must be obtained from DNR Regional Wildlife and Heritage Offices.
Citizens with questions concerning the release of captive-raised mallards should contact DNR Game Population Specialist, Bill Harvey at 410-221-8838, ext. 108.
February 28, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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