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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.

  • Research

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    If you are a student, teacher, scientist or other non-FWS organization interested in conducting research or education on the refuge, we encourage you to contact refuge management at least 60 days in advance to begin the SUP process. If you are found conducting an activity that requires a SUP without the appropriate permission you could be subject to legal action.

    If you are uncertain about whether your proposed project is within the refuge boundaries, and would require a permit, please click the MAPS tab on the homepage and zoom into Crocodile Lake NWR in Key Largo.

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