Recovery Permits

The ultimate goal of the Endangered Species Act is the recovery of endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems on which they depend. Recovery permits allow scientists to capture and/or study endangered species. They can also be issued for other activities that aid the recovery of a species, e.g., captive breeding and educational programs.

People sometimes call recovery permits scientific take permits because the most common use for them is to allow scientists to "take" listed species. We call them recovery permits because they are only issued for activities that aid the recovery of the species.

How to Apply for a Recovery Permit

Use form 3-200-55 (PDF 488 KB). See Permits - How to Apply for instructions. Contact our recovery permit coordinator at 916-930-5603 if you have any questions.

See the Sacramento Fish & Wildlife Guidelines & Survey Protocols page for information about some of the activities authorized by Recovery Permits.

Visit the regional office's minimum qualifications page to learn the qualifications for various permits.

For other forms, go to the Fish & Wildlife Service national Forms page.