Rulemaking Proposals Open to Public Comment

ADVERTISE: November 6, 2019

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Chapter 7 – Rules for Importation, Possession, Propagation, Rehabilitation and Exhibition of Wildlife (Agritourism)

BRIEF SUMMARY:  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) is proposing to amend Chapter 7 rules in an effort to provide clarity for farmers, ranchers and agritourism professionals when interested in exhibiting captive, domesticated wildlife also associated with agritourism. When a species is intended to be used for the production of agricultural products as defined in 7 M.R.S., but is ordinarily considered wildlife pursuant to 12 M.R.S., the permitting authority for that species resides with DIFW and that species is subject to the classifications described in Chapter 7. Any wildlife species proposed for use in agricultural production which has not been identified as a Prohibited, Restricted, or Unrestricted species may be reviewed upon request for classification by consult between Dept of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and DIFW. The resulting classification of a wildlife species may be referred to the Technical Committee for review pending agreement of both DACF and DIFW. Agritourism as it relates to the exhibition of exotic wildlife will continue to be regulated by the DIFW pursuant to 12 M.R.S.  12152 and rule Chapter 7. Please contact the agency rulemaking contact person for a complete copy of the proposed rule. 

Date, time, and location of PUBLIC HEARING:  None scheduled.

COMMENT DEADLINE: December 6, 2019

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333; becky.orff@maine.gov

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES: No fiscal impact anticipated.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 12 MRS Section 10104, 12152

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED:

AGENCY WEBSITE: www.maine.gov/ifw

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Becky.Orff@maine.gov


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