Permits

Close-up of person's hands holding a small gray bird and putting a US Fish and Wildlife Service silver aluminum band on its leg using needle-nose plyers.  Photo by Rachel E Molenda, USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws 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.

Please allow Refuge staff at least two weeks to receive and process Special Use Permit, particularly if the permittee is seeking to conduct activities on a weekend or Federal holiday when authorized staff may not be present to issue a permit. Permit applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email.

  • Research Projects Permits

    The Northwest Montana Wetland Management District (Lake County) promotes conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to occur on Refuge lands. Some of these are done under the auspices of University programs or non-governmental conservation groups (NGOs). Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.

    Details of current and past research projects on the National Bison Range Complex can be found under the Science section of the Bison Range website.

    For those interested, please send research proposal and special use permit form 3-1383-R to:

    National Bison Range

    58355 Bison Range Road

    Moiese, MT 59824

    Email: bisonrange@fws.gov

    406/644-2211

    FAX: 406-644-2661

  • Cultural Collection

    Tribal members may apply for a permit to collect culturally significant plants on the Wetland Management District. Permits allow Native Americans to continue historic collection and allow the Service to document cultural use and to protect resources. Plants must be for non-commercial personal or community use.

    Complete and send permit 3-1383-C to:

    Cultural Collection Request

    c/o National Bison Range

    58355 Bison Range Road

    Moiese, MT 59824

    406-644-2211

    FAX: 406-644-2661 

    Email: bisonrange@fws.gov