Processes and Permits

Migratory Bird Depredation Permits

Great Blue Heron with a fish

A Great Blue Heron at a fish Hatchery


Wildlife Services assists property owners in mitigating damage caused by migratory birds. Once a request is received, Wildlife Services staff evaluate the damage and recommend non-lethal methods to resolve the problem. Based on information from the property owner, we evaluate the need for additional mitigation. If damage continues, Wildlife Services biologists may recommend issuance of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Depredation Permit authorizing the lethal removal of offending birds.

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Last Modified: January 28, 2010