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NR 19.79(1)(1) A licensee or consulting veterinarian shall report animal diseases as required by s. ATCP 10.03 if diagnosed in wildlife being rehabilitated and to the department's wildlife health program.
NR 19.79(2) (2) If a licensee knows or reasonably suspects that a rabies-vector species mammal in their care may have or has been exposed to rabies, or that a human or domestic animal has been bitten or scratched by a possible rabies-vector species in the licensee's possession, the licensee shall make reports required under sub. (1), quarantine the animal, and handle the animal as directed by their local or county public health department of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, which may include submitting the animal for rabies testing by the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
NR 19.79 Note Note: The wildlife health program may be contacted by calling 1-888-936-7463.
NR 19.79 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; CR 15-054: renum. NR 19.79 to (1) and am., cr. (2) Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751.
NR 19.80 NR 19.80Record keeping and reporting.
NR 19.80(1)(1)A wildlife rehabilitation license may not be renewed until the licensee has submitted an annual report in accordance with s. 169.36 (10), Stats., and any additional required records that the department has specifically requested.
NR 19.80(2) (2)An advanced licensee and a basic licensee shall provide a copy of the records required to be maintained for that license to the department quarterly as follows:
NR 19.80(2)(a) (a) Quarterly submission of records shall be provided to the department by April 30th, July 31st, October 31st and January 31st each year, and shall consist of a copy of all required records maintained during the 3 previous months.
NR 19.80(2)(b) (b) Records to be included in the quarterly report shall consist of complete records of all transactions or activity involving any wild animals of the following families:
NR 19.80(2)(b)1. 1. Canidae (coyotes, foxes, wolves).
NR 19.80(2)(b)2. 2. Ursidae (bears).
NR 19.80(2)(b)3. 3. Mustelidae (badger, mink, otter, skunk, fisher, marten, wolverine, weasel).
NR 19.80(2)(b)4. 4. Felidae (bobcat, lynx, cougars).
NR 19.80(2)(b)5. 5. Cervidae (elk, deer, moose).
NR 19.80(2)(b)6. 6. Suidae (pure wild strains of swine commonly known by the name European, Eurasian, Russian or hybrids with domestic strains and animals which are confined but which exhibit characteristics of being in an untamed state, and as established in s. NR 16.11).
NR 19.80(2)(b)7. 7. Anatidae (mute swans).
NR 19.80(2)(b)8. 8. Canidae (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 as established in s. NR 16.11).
NR 19.80 Note Note: The department may restrict the rehabilitation of species when necessary to control the spread of disease, to protect public health, or to prevent harmful environmental impacts. Pursuant to ss. 169.085 and 169.11 (1) (b) Stats., the department does not allow rehabilitation of wolves or wolf-dog hybrids.
NR 19.80 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; corrections made to (2) under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register December 2003 No. 576; CR 15-054: am. (2) (b) 3., cr. (2) (b) 5. to 8. Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18; correction in (2) (b) 6., 8. made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751.
NR 19.81 NR 19.81Qualifications of sponsors. Advanced licensees may elect to sponsor and provide consultation and advice to basic licensees. Potential sponsors will be reviewed by the wildlife rehabilitation advisory council and the department. A person desiring to be an advanced sponsor shall do all of the following:
NR 19.81(1) (1) Submit a request to the wildlife rehabilitation program manager requesting designation as a sponsor.
NR 19.81(2) (2) Submit to the wildlife rehabilitation program manager, documentation of experience rehabilitating those wildlife species which the basic licensee is authorized to possess.
NR 19.81(3) (3) Be actively rehabilitating the species the basic licensee is authorized for, or have a facility prepared to rehabilitate the species in compliance with s. NR 19.77.
NR 19.81 Note Note: Contact information for the wildlife rehabilitation program manager may be obtained by calling 1-888-936-7463.
NR 19.81 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; CR 15-054: am. (intro.), (1), (2), cr. (3) Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18; correction in (3) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751.
NR 19.82 NR 19.82Wildlife rehabilitation advisory council.
NR 19.82(1)(1)The secretary shall appoint persons experienced with wildlife biology, rehabilitation, law enforcement, and veterinary medicine to the wildlife rehabilitation advisory council.
NR 19.82(2) (2) The wildlife rehabilitation advisory council shall assist the department with development of wildlife rehabilitation examinations, facility inspections, and recommendations which may be used in department decision making as it pertains to wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health, or captive wildlife activities.
NR 19.82 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; CR 15-054: am. Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18; correction in (1) made under s. 35.17, Stats, Register July 2018 No. 751.
NR 19.83 NR 19.83Additional conditions.
NR 19.83(1)(1)Any license issued after January 1, 2004, is subject to requirements of this subchapter.
NR 19.83(2) (2)On January 1, 2004, all existing Wisconsin wildlife rehabilitation permittees will be granted a provisional license for 2 years. After 2 years from the effective date of the provisional license, these provisional licensees may apply for a license pursuant to this subchapter.
NR 19.83(3) (3)An individual applying for a license pursuant to s. NR 19.73 (2) and (3) shall take the examination and meet the requirements established in s. NR 19.75.
NR 19.83 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04.
NR 19.84 NR 19.84Modifications. The department may amend or add conditions to licenses issued under this subchapter at any time if there is a risk to public or animal health and human or animal welfare or there is a risk to the health and welfare of the environment.
NR 19.84 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; CR 15-054: am. Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18.
NR 19.85 NR 19.85Disclaimer. The number of licenses issued under this subchapter may be restricted by the department based on the need for wildlife rehabilitation. Possession and care of any wildlife under this subchapter does not create a property right to the wildlife for the licensee.
NR 19.85 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04.
subch. III of ch. NR 19 Subchapter III — Permitting the Use of Natural Bodies of Water as Fish Farms
NR 19.90 NR 19.90 Purpose and applicability.
NR 19.90(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this subchapter is to establish fees, criteria and procedures to be used for permitting the use of natural bodies of water as fish farms as required under s. 29.733 (2) (f), Stats.
NR 19.90(2) (2)Applicability. The provisions of this subchapter are applicable to:
NR 19.90(2)(a) (a) Fish farms and state-owned hatcheries located in or proposed to be located in freeze-out ponds.
NR 19.90(2)(b) (b) Natural bodies of water that were licensed as a private fish hatchery or licensed as a part of a private fish hatchery in 1997.
NR 19.90(2)(c) (c) A freeze-out pond or more than one freeze-out pond that is proposed as a fish farm at the time of application and is located on the same contiguous parcel of property under the same ownership or leasehold.
NR 19.90(2)(d) (d) Bodies of water for which a person was issued a permit under ss. 30.19, 30.195, or 31.04, Stats.
NR 19.90 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1999, No. 520, eff. 5-1-99; CR 03-030: renum. from s. NR 16.70 Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register October 2003 No. 574; CR 13-001: cr. (2) (d) Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13.
NR 19.91 NR 19.91 Definitions. In this subchapter:
NR 19.91(1) (1)“Barrier equipped" means the placement of a structure or device which prevents the movement of fish or bait from a fish farm to a natural body of water.
NR 19.91(1m) (1m)“Department fish hatching and rearing facilities" means all fish hatching and rearing waterbodies owned by the department, or leased or controlled through a cooperative agreement between the property owner and the department and where the department owns all the fish.
NR 19.91(2) (2)“Freeze-out pond" has the meaning specified in s. 29.001 (29), Stats.
NR 19.91(3) (3)“Natural body of water" means any spring, stream, pond, lake, or wetland that was historically present in a natural state but may have been physically altered over time.
NR 19.91(4) (4)“Preexisting fish rearing facility" has the meaning specified in s. 29.001 (64), Stats.
NR 19.91(5) (5)“Transfer of permit" means the conveyance of a permit from one party to another as a result of change in ownership or leasehold interest of a fish farm.
NR 19.91(6) (6)“Wetland" has the meaning specified under s. 23.32, Stats.
NR 19.91 Note Note: For purposes of this subchapter, a natural body of water does not include an artificial wetland, as defined under s. NR 103.02 (1m) or any swale, bermed area or excavation that is not located in a wetland, pond, lake, stream or spring that was historically present in a natural state, if the artificial wetland, swale, bermed area or excavation retains water as the result of human modification of the landscape or is constructed of man-made materials.
NR 19.91 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1999, No. 520, eff. 5-1-99; CR 01-128: cr. (1m), am. (3) Register June 2002 No. 558, eff. 7-1-02; CR 03-030: renum. from s. NR 16.71 Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register October 2003 No. 574; CR 13-001: am. (3) Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13.
NR 19.92 NR 19.92 Natural body of water permit application fees. Permit application fees for the use of natural bodies of water for fish farms shall be as follows:
NR 19.92(1) (1)Permit applicants for the initial use of freeze-out ponds as fish farms shall pay a $500.00 non-refundable permit application fee.
NR 19.92(2) (2)Permit applicants for permit transfers shall pay a non-refundable permit transfer fee of $100.00.
NR 19.92(3) (3)Permit applicants for permit renewals shall pay a non-refundable permit renewal fee of $50.00.
NR 19.92 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1999, No. 520, eff. 5-1-99; CR 03-030: renum. from s. NR 16.72 Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register October 2003 No. 574; CR 13-001: am. (intro.), r. (1), renum. (2) to (1), renum. (3) to (2) and am., cr. (3) Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13.
NR 19.93 NR 19.93 Applicant permit procedures for use of natural bodies of water for fish farms.
NR 19.93(1)(1)The deadline for permits reauthorized under s. 29.733 (2) (b), Stats., was January 1, 2003.
NR 19.93(2) (2)For renewal of permits, the applicant shall submit a new application to the department not more than 16 months before the expiration date of the permit granted under this chapter but not less than 2 months from the expiration date of the permit.
NR 19.93(3) (3)Applications for permits under this subchapter shall include documents verifying all of the following:
NR 19.93(3)(a) (a) The land that is riparian to the body of water is owned, leased or controlled by the owners of the fish farm.
NR 19.93(3)(b) (b) None of the owners of the fish farm or of the riparian lands provides access to the body of water to the public by means of an easement or other right-of way or by means of a business open to the public, except that the owners of the fish farm may allow fishing by the public for a fee.
NR 19.93(3)(c) (c) Documentation that the natural body of water may be a freeze-out pond or that the natural body of water is a preexisting fish rearing facility that is barrier equipped.
NR 19.93(3)(d) (d) Copies of any other permits or authorization required by ch. 30 or 31, Stats., the Army corps of engineers and any other federal, state or local laws and zoning ordinances.
NR 19.93(3)(e) (e) All applicants shall identify the water source and quantity used for the fish farm and whether there is any discharge to a water of the state.
NR 19.93(3)(f) (f) Any other information requested by the department to determine whether a permit would or would not be granted by the department.
NR 19.93 Note Note: Permit application forms are available from the Bureau of Fisheries Management, 101 South Webster St., P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707.
NR 19.93(4) (4)The department may issue a notice of intent to use a natural body of water as a fish hatching or rearing facility that was not being used as of January 1, 1998 by the department. The department shall comply with all provisions of s. NR 19.94 before it may use a natural body of water as a fish hatching or rearing facility.
NR 19.93 History History: Cr. Register, April, 1999, No. 520, eff. 5-1-99; CR 01-128: am. (1) Register June 2002 No. 558, eff. 7-1-02; CR 03-030: renum. from s. NR 16.73 Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03; corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1. and 7., Stats., Register October 2003 No. 574; CR 13-001: am. (1), (2), (4) Register August 2013 No. 692, eff. 9-1-13.
NR 19.94 NR 19.94 Department determinations.
NR 19.94(1)(1)The department shall issue a permit for use of a natural body of water as a fish farm or as a part of a fish farm if all requirements of this subchapter have been met and if the department determines that no substantial public interest exists in the body of water and that no public or private rights in the body of water will be adversely impacted. Among the factors considered, the following are indicative of public rights and interests including but not limited to:
NR 19.94(1)(a) (a) Plant and wild animal habitat or plant and wild animal populations.
NR 19.94(1)(b) (b) Threatened or endangered species or their habitat.
NR 19.94(1)(c) (c) Water quality related functional values or uses of wetlands identified in s. NR 103.03.
NR 19.94(1)(d) (d) Surface water quality standards identified in chs. NR 102, 104, 105, 106 and 107 and minimum water quantity requirements identified in s. 31.02, Stats.
NR 19.94(1)(e) (e) The public's right to navigate and associated incidents to navigation including fishing, swimming, wading and canoeing.
NR 19.94(2) (2)Fish farms may not introduce or propagate any non-native fish species if the department has determined that having the fish in that particular self-contained fish rearing facility or preexisting fish rearing facility will pose a risk of being detrimental to the waters of the state.
NR 19.94(3) (3)Physical improvements or modifications to natural bodies of water used as fish farms shall comply with all federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
NR 19.94(4) (4)Permits approved under this subchapter may be transferred to another party if the department determines that all conditions of this subchapter and s. 29.733, Stats., have been satisfied.
NR 19.94(5) (5)The department shall issue or renew a permit issued under s. 29.733 (2) (a) and (b), Stats., for use of a natural body of water as a fish farm or any part of a fish farm in a natural body of water unless the department determines there has been a substantial adverse change affecting one or more of the criteria specified in subs. (1) (a) to (e), (2), or (3), or s. 29.734, Stats., resulting from the operation of the fish farm. The department shall consider the historical condition of the natural water body prior to the presence and operation of the fish farm as part of their permit renewal decision.
NR 19.94 Note Note: Under this paragraph, historical conditions refer to known uses of the natural body of water prior to the inception of the fish farm.
NR 19.94(6) (6)The department shall deny a permit for use of a natural body of water as a fish farm or as part of a fish farm if the requirements of this subchapter have not been met.
NR 19.94(6m) (6m)A single permit shall be issued for multiple natural bodies of water located on the same contiguous parcel of property under the same ownership or leasehold.
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