Ohio

Last updated Feb 2018

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Ronald Ollis
Law Enforcement Administration
Ohio Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Rd, Bldg G
Columbus, OH 43229

Phone (614) 265‑6300

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes. Per the regulation:

1501:31-25-01 Wild animal permit regulations.

(A) The following regulations are hereby established by authority of sections 1531.08, 1533.08 and 1533.09 of the Revised Code.

(C) Persons desiring to engage in bird banding activities shall receive banding permit from the division of wildlife. banding permits allow banding and release activities only. All birds killed or injured during banding activities, shall be provided to the division of wildlife or transferred to an approved wild animal permit holder. All banding permit holders must have or work under the authority of a valid banding or marking permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Permit application forms

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.

Policies

Regulation: Ohio Administrative Code. 1501-31. Division of Wildlife.

1501:31-25-01 Wild animal permit regulations.

(A) The following regulations are hereby established by authority of sections 1531.08, 1533.08 and 1533.09 of the Revised Code.

(B) The chief of the division of wildlife is hereby authorized to establish a scientific collecting permit and an education permit. The chief shall establish criteria and guidelines for qualification for such permits. Persons not providing adequate qualifications will be denied a permit.

(C) Persons desiring to engage in bird banding activities shall receive banding permit from the division of wildlife. banding permits allow banding and release activities only. all birds killed or injured during banding activities, shall be provided to the division of wildlife or transferred to an approved wild animal permit holder. All banding permit holders must have or work under the authority of a valid banding or marking permit issued by the U.S. fish and wildlife service.

(D) All persons requesting a scientific collecting, education or banding permit shall at the time of application for such permit provide the information requested on forms provided by the division of wildlife for each separate project. Permit holders may add projects during the duration of the permit but only after submitting projects and receiving approval from the wildlife chief.

(E) Persons failing to provide full information required on the application form to the satisfaction of the wildlife chief will be denied a permit. In addition, a copy of all published reports or publications derived from the data collected shall be provided to the division of wildlife.

(F) Wild animal permits expire at midnight on March fifteenth of each year.

(G) Persons who assist a permit holder are authorized to collect and/or possess wild animals for the permit holder.

(1) Persons who assist a permit holder are authorized to collect and/or possess wild animals only under the conditions of the permit, in compliance with wildlife laws.

(2) The permit holder is responsible for ensuring that wild animals are collected or possessed by his assistants only in compliance with the permit.

(H) The chief of the division of wildlife is hereby authorized to issue free letter permits to qualified persons for the taking, possession or transportation of wild animals, including aquatic nuisance species and endangered species. Persons desiring a letter permit shall supply information as required by the chief. Failure to provide such information will result in denial of the permit.

(I) It shall be unlawful for any person receiving a permit established by this rule or section 1533.08 of the Revised Code to fail to submit a written report of collecting activities prior to March fifteen each year. The report shall list the following information for each specimen collected:

(1) Scientific name and quantity collected.

(2) Date collected.

(3) Location (county and township) collected.

(4) Location, date and method each specimen was disposed of.

(J) It shall be unlawful for any person possessing a permit mentioned in this rule to take, possess, or transport any wild animal contrary to any condition set forth within the permit or established by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(K) It shall be unlawful to use or provide any contraceptive drugs, substances or chemicals to any free ranging wild animal. Provided further, persons may request permission from the chief of the division of wildlife to use contraceptives for scientific research. The chief may issue a conditional permit in writing after a person has submitted in writing the proposal which outlines the scientific research project.

(L) All definitions set forth in rule 1501:31-1-02 of the Administrative Code shall apply to this rule.

Ohio state endangered species law

Statute: Ohio Revised Code. Title 15. Conservation of Natural Resources.

Chapter 1531. Division of Wildlife.

1531.25 Protection of species threatened with statewide extinction.

The chief of the division of wildlife, with the approval of the wildlife council, shall adopt and may modify and repeal rules, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, restricting the taking or possession of native wildlife, or any eggs or offspring thereof, that he finds to be threatened with statewide extinction. The rules shall identify the common and scientific names of each endangered species and shall be modified from time to time to include all species on the list of endangered fish and wildlife pursuant to Section 4 of the “Endangered Species Act of 1973,” 87 Stat. 884, 16 U.S.C. 1531, as amended, and that are native to this state, or that migrate or are otherwise reasonably likely to occur within the state.

The rules shall provide for the taking of species threatened with statewide extinction, for zoological, educational, and scientific purposes, and for propagation in captivity to preserve the species, under written permits from the chief. The rules shall in no way restrict the taking or possession of species listed on such United States list for zoological, educational, or scientific purposes, or for propagation in captivity to preserve the species, under a permit or license from the United States or any instrumentality thereof.

No person shall violate any rule adopted pursuant to this section.

Regulation: Ohio Adminstrative Code. 1501:31. Division of Wildlife.
Chapter 1501:31-23. Endangered Wild Animals
Chapter 1501:31-23-01. Special  Endangered Wild Animal Regulations.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to take, transport, sell, offer for sale or possess any of the native endangered species of wild animals, applying to endangered wild animals that are either resident within or migrate into or through Ohio, or hides or parts thereof listed in this rule or any other wildlife order without first obtaining a written permit from the wildlife chief, except as provided in paragraphs (B) and (F) of this rule. Provided further, it shall be unlawful to trespass in areas posted with signs stating “Endangered Species Nesting Area, Trespassing Unlawful.”

(D) All persons requesting a permit for the taking, selling, or possession of an endangered species or hide or part thereof for zoological, educational, scientific, or propagation purposes shall at the time of application for such permit provide the following information to the division of wildlife:

(1) A program or project description with a clear statement of the study objectives;

(2) Justification for the study;

(3) Duration of the study;

(4) Project location;

(5) Species and number to be collected or involved in the study;

(6) Study methods, regarding collecting gear and techniques; and

(7) Assurance that a final or annual report will be filed with the division of wildlife, containing a clear statement on the final disposition of each individual of each endangered species collected, along with a copy of any reports or publications derived from the study of these animals.

(E) Persons failing to provide full information required in paragraph (C) of this rule to the satisfaction of the wildlife chief shall be denied a permit. Further, failure to fill the requirements at the conclusion of the project shall be reason for the chief to not issue future permits to the person failing to comply.

(F) Persons legally obtaining any of the endangered species listed in this rule from outside the state may possess and propagate said animals in accordance with section 1533.71 of the Revised Code. Furthermore, hides of bobcats and river otters may be bought or sold with proof of purchasing a non-resident license or some other proof that the animal was acquired legally, and conforms to current United States fish and wildlife service rules and regulations.

(G) All definitions set forth in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code shall apply to this rule.

Endangered

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
King Rail (Rallus elegans)
Kirtland’s Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

Threatened

Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
Rufa Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)