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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BC76 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Migratory Bird Management; Revision of General Exceptions to Permit Requirements 

This advance notice of proposed rulemaking will seek public comments on amending FWS regulations relating to general exceptions to the permit requirements of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by updating the existing exceptions for law enforcement, disease response, licensed veterinarians, and birds inside of buildings or structures. Topics include an exception for routine duties of natural resource agencies, further codifying the Service’s "good Samaritan” regulation pertaining to persons who provide help to birds in need, and setting standards and processes that FWS would follow to determine if a requesting entity could qualify for an exception from migratory bird permit requirements. Currently, FWS's general exceptions to permit requirement regulations include State game departments, municipal game farms or parks, public museums, public zoological parks, accredited institutional members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and public scientific or educational institutions. The FWS has received requests from zoological associations not affiliated with AZA requesting that they, too, be considered for the permit exception.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 21   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Eric L. Kershner
Chief, Branch of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2376
Fax:703 358-2217