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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-AW51 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Migratory Bird Permits; Permit Exceptions for Captive-Reared Mallard Ducks 

In carrying out our responsibility to safeguard migratory waterfowl protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, we propose to revise the regulations regarding permit exceptions for captive-reared mallard ducks. We take this action to address our concerns about conflicts that result from the intermingling of captive-reared mallards with wild ducks in the United States. We may place restrictions on the release of free-ranging (hereafter, free-flying) captive-reared mallards and shooting of free-flying captive-reared mallards to conform to hunting seasons and bag limits for wild mallards.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 21.13   
Legal Authority: Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 40 Stat 755 (16 U.S.C. 703)    Pub. L. 95-616, 92 Stat 3112 (16 U.S.C. 712(2))    Pub. L. 106-108, 113 Stat 1491, note following 16 U.S.C. 703   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Paul Padding
Atlantic Flyway Representative, Division of Migratory Bird Management
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
11510 American Holly Drive,
Laurel, MD 20708
Phone:301 497-5851
Fax:301 497-5885