Register August 2021 No. 788
Chapter NR 16
Harmful wild animals.
Reptiles and amphibians.
Sale and purchase of reptiles and amphibians.
Captive wild animal farm.
Fur farms, purpose.
Bird hunting preserve licenses.
Nonprofit educational exhibitors.
Nonresident temporary exhibitors.
Pen specifications, humane handling, care, treatment and transportation of captive wild animals.
Exhibition of captive wild animals.
Pen specifications for transportation.
Farm-raised deer; white-tailed deer, specifications.
Removal of wild white-tailed deer.
Records and reports.
Ch. NR 16 Note
Subchapter I of ch. NR 16 was repealed and subchapter II of NR 16 was renumbered ss. NR 19.90 to 19.95, Register October 2003 No. 574
NR 16.01 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Adult" means any animal that has reached the age of one year.
“Amphibian" means cold-blooded, smooth-skinned vertebrates of the class Amphibia and includes all life stages.
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
“Department lands" means lands under the management and control of the department.
“Enrichment" means activity that creates a beneficial environment for the well being of the captive wild animal.
“Exercise enclosure" means any structure, pen or cage used to restrict a captive wild animal to a limited amount of space for the purpose of exercise and enrichment.
“Heavily galvanized" means a zinc coating weight of 230 g/m2
or 0.8 oz/ft2
“Herptile" means amphibians and reptiles collectively.
“High tensile" means a tensile strength of 1235 to 1450 mega pascals or 179000 to 210000 lb/in2
“Hunt" or “hunting" includes shooting, shooting at, pursuing, taking, capturing or killing or attempting to capture or kill any wild animal.
“Licensed facility" means any land, premises, shed, barn, building, trailer or other structure used to house captive wild animals held under the authority of a license issued under ch. 169
“Medium tensile" means a tensile strength of 700 to 850 mega pascals or 101000 to 123000 lb/in2
“Mobile or traveling housing facility" means a transporting vehicle such as a truck, trailer or railway car, used to house captive wild animals while traveling for exhibition or public education purposes.
“Native" means indigenous and occurring or having occurred naturally within the boundaries of this state regardless of whether a particular specimen originates outside of this state.
“Outdoor housing facility" means any structure, pens, building, land or premise housing captive wild animals in which temperatures may not be controlled within set limits.
“Pen" means any cage, fenced-in plot or other enclosure in which captive wild animals are held.
“Primary enclosure" means any structure used as the principal housing facility to confine a captive wild animal to a limited amount of space such as a room, pen, run, cage, compartment, pool or hutch, including shelter structures.
“Reptile" means cold-blooded, scaled vertebrates of the class Reptilia and includes all life stages.
“Resident deer" means a white-tailed deer 2 years of age or older that has resided in the licensed acreage area for not less than 2 years.
“Sheltered housing facility" means a housing facility, which provides the captive wild animals with shelter; protection from the elements; and protection from temperature extremes at all times. A sheltered housing facility may consist of runs or pens totally enclosed in a barn or building, or of connecting inside/outside runs or pens with the inside pens in a totally enclosed building.
“Solid fence" means a fence that meets all of the standards of s. NR 16.45 (1) (a)
that is covered with a fabric or other solid material that prevents deer on opposite sides of the fence from making visual or physical contact.
“Sporting club" means a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is wildlife related outdoor recreation.
“Transportation enclosure" means any structure or device used to restrict a captive wild animal to a limited amount of space for transporting the captive wild animal from one location to another.
“Waterfowl" means any migratory bird of family Anatidae (wild ducks, geese, brant and swans).
NR 16.11 Harmful wild animals.
The following wild animals are designated as harmful wild animals:
Members of the family ursidae commonly known as bears.
The species felis concolor commonly known as cougars.
Members of the family suidae including pure wild strains of swine commonly known by the name European, Eurasian, Russian or hybrids with domestic strains. Feral domestic strains include animals which are confined but which exhibit characteristics of being in an untamed state, and hybrids of wild or feral with domestic swine. Included in this definition are any swine which is captured in the wild or from an unconfined environment after it has existed in the wild or unconfined environment outside of an enclosure for more than 7 days, regardless of its physical characteristics, except that in emergency situations the department may designate a period of less than 7 days.
The species anserinae Cygnus, commonly known as mute swans.
Hybrids of the species Canis lupus, C. lycaon,
or C. rufus
commonly known as wolves and the species Canis familiaris,
domestic dogs, and subsequent generations from such matings. These animals are commonly called wolf-dog hybrids or wolf dogs.
Canids may be presumed to be wolf-dog hybrids if they have some wolf-like physical characteristics and the owner presents such animals verbally or in writing to be a wolf-dog hybrid. Canids with very distinct wolf-like characteristics may be determined by the Department to be wolves or wolf-dog hybrids.
An owner may challenge such a determination by providing the department with genetic testing results. The department will be responsible for the costs of testing if the animal is determined to have only the DNA of domestic dogs.