Oregon March 18, 2016 Meeting

The March 18, 2016 meeting for proposed changes to Oregon law regarding pet skunk ownership has passed. The final ruling will be announced at the June meeting scheduled for 6/9/16 and 6/10/16. After reviewing the document of proposed changes, it doesn’t appear there were any changes (strike throughs) in the parts that pertains to pet skunks. There were strike throughs in the portion about captive wolves. Oregon pet skunk owners were given a chance to comment on the proposed changes. Unfortunately, it does not appear that very many wrote in. This may be due to the short notice they were given. There were more comments from out of state skunk owners than from ones within the state which would not likely have much impact. The meeting agenda can be reviewed here. Roll down to Exhibit H: PROTECTED WILDLIFE, HOLDING, AND PROPAGATING RULES. There are 9 pdf attachments on the right side where interested parties may review the testimonies and public correspondence associated with this meeting.

Below are the current proposed changes regarding pet skunks. Stay tuned for the results from the June meeting!

635-044-0020 Holding of Live Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Cougar (Puma concolor), Bobcat (Lynx rufus), Wolf (Canis lupus), Raccoon (Procyon lotor) and Skunk (Mephitis spp.)
(1) Black bear, cougar, bobcat, wolves, raccoon and skunk held in captivity require a Wildlife or Wolf Holding Permit for each species held.
(2) Black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks acquired by transfer or new holding application, and following adoption of these revised rules (March 18, 2016), shall only be held at Oregon AZA accredited facilities or as approved by the Director.
(3) Black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks held legally prior to the adoption of these rules may only be held at AZA accredited facilities or in Department approved facilities meeting standards defined in the Oregon Enclosure and Caging Standards for Holding Wildlife (Exhibit 1). The facilities housing legally acquired black bear, cougar, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks must meet the minimum facility standards defined herein within one year following the adoption of these rules.
(a) No more than one black bear, one cougar, and one bobcat may be held on a Wildlife Holding Permit unless approved by the Director.
(b) No more than two raccoons, two skunks, or two wolves may be held on a Wildlife Holding Permit without approval by the Director.
(c) Black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks must be marked permanently with either a lip tattoo and/or implanted Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID). Holders of grandfathered animals, as defined in 635-044-0025, shall meet the ODFW DRAFT Revised Rules Chapter 635 – Division 44 January 2016 page 12 of 24 documentation requirements within one year from the adoption of these revised rules (March 18, 2016).
(d) Live black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, and skunks shall not be removed from the wild with the exception of animals captured and placed by the Department in an AZA accredited facility, or in an approved licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation facility, or under a Scientific Taking Permit (OAR 635-043-0023) or as nuisance wildlife captured by permit (OAR 635 Div. 435) or as approved by the Director.
(e) Black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, and skunks held on a Wildlife Holding Permit cannot be bred, reproduced, or propagated in Oregon, including grandfathered animals.
(f) Black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks may only be transferred between valid Wildlife Holding or Wolf Holding permittees with prior approval by the Director.
(g) Black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks must be held within facilities approved by the Department, except when: (A) transported to or from licensed Oregon veterinary clinics or other ODFW-approved facilities; (B) or on public display by a USDA class A, B or C license holder.
(h) Application renewals must include a description of permanent animal identification mark and mark location, and veterinary documentation of reproductive sterilization if required. (A) No access or contact shall occur between wild animals and captive black bear, cougar, bobcats, wolves, raccoons and skunks or other wildlife held on a Wildlife Holding Permit.
(4) The burden of proof of the hybridity of a bobcat-cross or wolf-cross animal is the responsibility of the animal owner. A wolf is considered “pure-bred” when the animal’s genetic and phenotypic makeup does not include any genetic material or characteristics of a domestic dog or other canine, resulting in a hybrid. Documentation in the form of breeding evidence by pedigree and record, records of acquisition and disposition, transactions, and sworn statements, will be required of all bobcats and wolves claimed to be hybrids and genetic testing may be conducted by the Department. Lack of sufficient proof of hybridity as determined by the Department will genetically classify the animal as a bobcat or wolf requiring a Wildlife Holding Permit or Wolf Holding Permit and regulation under the conditions of these rules. [(3) For the purpose of this rule, a wolf is considered “pure-bred” so long as it does not include any hybrid cross with a domestic dog or other canine. The Department will determine pure-bred status based on written documentation that may include breeding records, records of acquisition and disposition transactions and sworn statements.] ODFW DRAFT Revised Rules Chapter 635 – Division 44 January 2016 page 13 of 24
(5) Raccoons and Skunks (a) Two or more held raccoons or skunks of different sexes requires sterilization of either sex to prevent propagation prior to sexual maturity and within (30) days of permit issuance for adult animals with documented certification by a licensed veterinarian. (b) Held raccoons and skunks must be caged or restrained when transported beyond the permitted facility.

635-044-0025 Grandfathering the Possession of Black Bear, Cougar, Bobcat, Wolf, Raccoon, Skunk, Squirrel, Chipmunk and Other Legally Held Non-game Wildlife Species

(1) A person who legally possessed native wildlife (black bear, cougar, bobcat, wolf, raccoon, skunk, squirrel, chipmunk) or other legally held species prior to the time the Commission adopts the amended rules may continue to hold said animal(s) for the remainder of the animal(s) life provided:
(a) The holder submits an application for an annual Holding Permit (Wildlife or Wolf), pays the associated fees, and secures a Holding Permit within a one year of the adoption of these amended rules.
(b) Grandfathered animals are held in Department approved facilities meeting standards defined in the Oregon Enclosure and Caging Standards for Holding Wildlife (Exhibit 1). The facilities housing legally acquired Grandfathered Black Bear, Cougar, Bobcat, Wolves, Raccoon, Skunk, Squirrel, Chipmunk and Other Legally Held Non-game Species, must meet the minimum facility standards defined herein within one year following the adoption of these rules.
(c) Grandfathered bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and chipmunks must have been acquired from a legally propagated out-of-state source or legally acquired with approved documentation that may include a valid sales receipt, Certificate of Veterinary Inspection with import permit from Department of Agriculture, valid agency transfer of ownership permit identifying the animal was propagated and born in legal captivity, or as approved by the Director. A signed and notarized affidavit stating the grandfathered animal (s) were legally acquired and held in compliance with these rules will be required of all permit holders of grandfathered animals.
(d) Grandfathered animals may not be bred. Two or more held grandfathered animals of the same species of different sexes requires sterilization of either sex to prevent propagation prior to sexual maturity and within (30) days of permit issuance with documented certification by a licensed veterinarian. ODFW DRAFT Revised Rules Chapter 635 – Division 44 January 2016 page 15 of 24

(2) The only person(s) who may hold pure-bred wolves in captivity are those who, as of December 31, 2009, held a gray wolf or wolves in captivity under previous Oregon Department of Agriculture, Class I Exotic Canine, Exotic Animal Division 603 Rules or held a valid license or registration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the federal Animal Welfare Act of 1970. These persons may hold only gray wolves, and only if they obtain authority under the requirements of 635-044-0020(6) [paragraphs (4) or (5)]of this rule.

(3) Grandfathered black bears, cougars, bobcats, wolves, raccoons, and skunks may only be transferred from the original Wildlife or Wolf Holding Permit to an AZA accredited facility or as approved by the Director. [(2) Beyond the persons described in paragraph (1), the Department will not issue any new permits to hold a pure-bred wolf in captivity.] Stat. Auth.: ORS 498.002, 496.171 – 182 Stats. Implemented: ORS 498.002, 496.171-182

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