The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issue permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.
Special use permits are issued for compatible secondary uses such as research, photography, nuisance trapping and other related activities.
Permits to use an ATV/UTV on the Refuge are available for hunters with disabilities. To acquire a permit please read the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Policy for Hunters with Disabilities. For the IDNR application for a standing vehicle permit click here.
Commercial use of a national wildlife refuge included commercial guiding, commercial fishing and filming are prohibited except if authorized by a Special Use Permit issued by the refuge.
Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.
Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.
For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms, or contact the Refuge for more information at 618-634-2231.
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A migratory bird, breeds and nests throughout in tree cavities over water and eat insects. Prothonotary warblers are a good indicator of healthy bottomland forests and the success of restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
Photo by Stoil Ivanov.