The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues 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.
Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement and Migratory Birds.
Currently, special use permits are issued on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge for compatible secondary and economic uses including science based research and commercial fishing. Refuge habitats and wildlife are often the subject of formal research proposals developed by university graduate students. These projects provide the refuge with valuable information that becomes part of the overall historic record and knowledge base.
Permits are also available for seasonal accessible fishing.
Contact the Refuge office for more information at 309-535-2290.
For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.