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.
Special Use Permits may be issued by the refuge manager for commercial tour groups, research activities, special events, commercial photography and filming, or any activity not specifically permitted on this web site. If you would like to inquire about obtaining a Special Use Permit for conducting activities on the refuge, contact the refuge manager. If you would like to inquire about obtaining a Special Use Permit for collection for scientific research or conducting research on the refuge, contact the refuge biologist. Or, visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more general information on Special Use Permits.
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.