Depredation is damage or loss caused by birds. Depredation permits help reduce damage to agricultural crops/livestock, private property, human health & safety (including airports), and protected wildlife. See the Application Form for more information.
You do NOT need a permit to:
- Harass or haze birds (except eagles), provided you do not cause nest abandonment.
Destroy an inactive nest (a nest without a viable egg or chick); see the Nest Destruction Memo
Take birds NOT protected under MBTA or other regulations, such as European Starlings, Rock (feral) Pigeons, and House Sparrows
Duration: 1 year
Application Form: Form 3-200-13
Reporting: Annual (Jan. 31)
Annual Report Form: Form 3-202-9
Regulation: 50 CFR § 21.41
Please note: You must obtain a Form 37 from USDA-Wildlife Services to submit with your application. Wildlife Services can be contacted at (866) 487-3297. Your call will be directed to your local office based on area code you call from.
Please contact our office at PermitsR1MB@fws.gov or 503, 872-2715 if you have questions about permits.