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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-AW75 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Migratory Bird Permits; Abatement Permits 

We propose regulations governing the use of raptors (birds of prey) in abatement activities. Abatement is the use of trained raptors to flush, haze, or take birds (or other wildlife, when allowed) to mitigate depredation problems, including threats to human health and safety. We allowed this activity beginning with publication of Migratory Bird Permit Memorandum 5, dated August 22, 2007. We propose to promulgate regulations that provide a new permit and better guidance for the activity, rather than continuing to issue Special Purpose permits for it.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 21.32   
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    Pub. L. 108    113 Stat 1491, note following 16 U.S.C. 703   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  07/06/2011  76 FR 39368   
ANPRM Comment Period End  10/04/2011    
ANPRM Comment Period Reopened  11/02/2011  76 FR 67650   
ANPRM Comment Period Reopened End  12/02/2011    
NPRM  04/01/2015  80 FR 17374   
Correction  04/22/2015  80 FR 22467   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/30/2015 
Final Action  05/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jerry E. Thompson
National Migratory Bird Permit Coordinator
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Room 634, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3808
Phone:703 358-2016
Fax:703 358-2217