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NR 19.60(1)(a)(a) No person may place, deposit or allow the placement of any material to feed or attract wild animals for non-hunting purposes including recreational and supplemental feeding, except as provided in sub. (2) or (3), or as specifically authorized in a permit or license issued under s. 29.614 (1) or 169.25 (1) (a), Stats., or s. NR 12.06 (11) or 12.10 (1).
NR 19.60 Note Note: Section 29.614, Stats., states: Scientific collector permit. (1) Application for a scientific collector permit shall be submitted to the department. The department may issue a scientific collector permit if the department determines that the applicant is a natural person and is engaged in a bona fide program leading to increased, useful scientific knowledge.
NR 19.60 Note Note: Section 169.25, Stats., states: Scientific research license. (1) Issuance. (a) The department shall issue a scientific research license to any person who is engaged in a study or in research that the department determines will lead to increased, useful scientific knowledge and who files a proper application and who pays the applicable fee.
NR 19.60(1)(b) (b) Any person placing feed to attract wild animals in violation of this section or s. NR 10.07 (2) or (2m) shall remove all feed or other material illegally placed or deposited when notified by the department to do so.
NR 19.60(1)(c) (c) Landowners, lessees or occupants of any property where feed or other material in violation of this section or s. NR 10.07 (2) or (2m) is present shall remove all feed or other material illegally placed or deposited upon notification by the department of the illegal activity if not otherwise removed in accordance with par. (b).
NR 19.60(1)(d) (d) Except as authorized under sub. (3) (a) 1., no person may place feed in a feeder designed to deposit or replenish the feed automatically, mechanically or by gravity.
NR 19.60(2) (2) Feeding deer authorized.
NR 19.60(2)(a) (a) Affected area. This subsection applies statewide, except for those counties where deer baiting and feeding is prohibited under par. (b).
NR 19.60(2)(b) (b) Excluded area. Deer baiting and feeding is prohibited in entire counties where any of the following criteria apply:
NR 19.60(2)(b)1. 1. A CWD-affected area has been established in the county or a portion of the county, or
NR 19.60(2)(b)2. 2. A CWD or bovine tuberculosis positive captive or free-roaming, domestic or wild animal has been confirmed after December 31, 1997 from the county, or
NR 19.60(2)(b)3. 3. The county or portion of the county is within a 10 mile radius of a captive or free-roaming, domestic or wild animal that has been tested and confirmed to be positive for CWD or bovine tuberculosis after December 31, 1997.
NR 19.60(2)(c) (c) Inclusion of additional counties.
NR 19.60(2)(c)1.1. The department may add additional counties under par. (b) if they meet the criteria established in par. (b) 1., 2. or 3.
NR 19.60(2)(c)2. 2. The prohibitions and exemptions in this subsection shall become effective upon issuance of an order by the secretary of the department and publication in the official state newspaper. In addition, a notice of the order shall be provided to newspapers, legislators and hunting license outlets in the area affected.
NR 19.60(2)(d) (d) Deer feeding. A person may place or deposit material to feed or attract wild deer for recreational and supplemental feeding purposes outside of the counties where deer feeding is prohibited under par. (b), but may not place or allow the placement of any feed material:
NR 19.60(2)(d)1. 1. In excess of 2 gallons of feeding material within 50 yards of any owner occupied residence or business.
NR 19.60(2)(d)2. 2. More than 50 yards from an owner occupied residence or business.
NR 19.60(2)(d)3. 3. Within 100 yards from a roadway, as defined in s. 340.01 (54), Stats., having a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or more.
NR 19.60 Note Note: Section 340.01 (54), Stats., “Roadway" means that portion of a highway between the regularly established curb lines or that portion which is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, excluding the berm or shoulder. In a divided highway, the term “roadway" refers to each roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.
NR 19.60(2)(d)4. 4. That contains any animal part or animal byproduct.
NR 19.60(2)(d)5. 5. Without the approval of the owner of the owner-occupied residence or business.
NR 19.60(2)(d)6. 6. At a feeding site that the person knows or should have known is also being used by bear or elk. If the owner of the residence or business is notified by the department or otherwise becomes aware that bear or elk have been using a deer feeding site, the owner may not place or allow others to place any feed material that is accessible to deer, bear or elk within 50 yards of the owner-occupied residence or business for a period not less than 30 days.
NR 19.60(3) (3) Exceptions.
NR 19.60(3)(a)(a) This section does not prohibit any of the following activities:
NR 19.60(3)(a)1. 1. Material placed solely for the purpose of attracting and feeding wild birds and small mammals when placed in bird feeding devices and structures at a sufficient height or design to prevent access by deer and only when the structures and devices are no further than 50 yards from a dwelling devoted to human occupancy unless authorized by the department. If the department determines that wild deer are utilizing bird feeding devices or structures, the devices or structures shall be enclosed or elevated higher to prevent access by deer.
NR 19.60(3)(a)2. 2. Feeding of wild animals, other than deer, elk or bear, by hand if:
NR 19.60(3)(a)2.a. a. Feed placed not more than 30 feet away from the person feeding, and
NR 19.60(3)(a)2.b. b. The person feeding makes all reasonable attempts to clean up the unconsumed feed before moving a distance greater than 30 feet from the deposited feed.
NR 19.60(3)(a)3. 3. Feed deposited by natural vegetation or found solely as a result of normal agricultural or gardening practices.
NR 19.60(3)(a)4. 4. Standing crops planted and left standing as wildlife food plots that may be used by wild animals.
NR 19.60(3)(a)5. 5. Feed material placed for deer or bear hunting or bear dog training as authorized under s. NR 10.07 (2m).
NR 19.60(3)(a)6. 6. Feed material placed for trapping as specified in s. NR 10.13.
NR 19.60(3)(a)7. 7. The use of scents, provided the material is not accessible for consumption by deer or elk or scent placed in compliance with s. NR 10.07 (2) (b) 4.
NR 19.60(3)(a)8. 8. Feed or bait material placed or used for fish, reptiles, amphibians or arthropods, provided the material is not accessible to bear, deer or elk.
NR 19.60(3)(a)9. 9. Feeding of deer as authorized under sub. (2).
NR 19.60 Note Note: These feeding rules do not apply to captive wild animals held and licensed under ch. 169, Stats.
NR 19.60 History History: CR 04-078: cr. Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 07-015: cr. (2) (d) 6. Register September 2007 No. 621, eff. 10-1-07; CR 08-013: am. (2) (b) 1., Register August 2008 No. 632, eff. 9-1-08; CR 14-071: am. (2) (b) 1. Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15.
subch. II of ch. NR 19 Subchapter II — Wildlife Rehabilitation
NR 19.70 NR 19.70Purpose. This subchapter is adopted to establish consistent standards for the rehabilitation of wildlife in Wisconsin. The intent is to ensure all persons engaged in wildlife rehabilitation are qualified and provide humane care and housing for wildlife being rehabilitated.
NR 19.70 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04.
NR 19.71 NR 19.71Definitions. In this subchapter:
NR 19.71(1) (1)“Advanced license" means a wildlife rehabilitation license issued by the department to a person qualifying under s. NR 19.73 (1) and (3).
NR 19.71(1m) (1m) “Basic care” means feeding, watering, and cleaning to provide for an animal's basic needs, and does not include tasks such as performing admittance exams and triage, or euthanasia.
NR 19.71(2) (2)“Basic license" means a wildlife rehabilitation license issued by the department to a person qualifying under s. NR 19.73 (1) and (2).
NR 19.71(2m) (2m) “Cage” means any structure in which animals are confined for rehabilitation purposes.
NR 19.71(3) (3)“Department" means the department of natural resources.
NR 19.71(3m) (3m) “Direct supervision” means the actual presence of the licensee or consulting veterinarian.
NR 19.71(4) (4)“Euthanasia" means the humane killing of a wild animal in accordance with the current American veterinary medical association standards contained in the most recent report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia.
NR 19.71 Note Note: Reports of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia are available for inspection at the offices of the Secretary of State, 30 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI, the Legislative Reference Bureau, One E. Main Street, Madison, WI, or the department.
NR 19.71(5) (5)“Facilities" means any equipment, housing or shelter used for wildlife rehabilitation.
NR 19.71(6) (6)“Federal permit" means a special purpose permit issued under 50 CFR Part 13 and 50 CFR 21.27 by the United States fish and wildlife service for the rehabilitation of migratory birds and federally endangered or threatened species.
NR 19.71(6m) (6m) “Indirect supervision” means written or verbal instructions for treatment of an animal provided by a licensee or consulting veterinarian that need not be present.
NR 19.71(7) (7)“Protective device" means a device that is designed to prevent the escape of an animal at the entrance of a primary enclosure.
NR 19.71(8) (8)“Sponsor" means an advanced licensee who has volunteered to mentor a basic licensee.
NR 19.71(9) (9)“Sponsorship agreement" means a document that establishes an advanced licensee as a sponsor for a basic licensee.
NR 19.71(9m) (9m) “Subpermittee” means any person subject to the conditions and limits established in s. NR 19.73 (3)(e) and who is working in a limited capacity under the supervision of an advanced licensee on wildlife rehabilitation activities.
NR 19.71(10) (10)“Volunteer” means any person at a licensee's facility who is contributing to the activities of the facility or who is under the direction of and is known to the licensee.
NR 19.71(11) (11)“Wildlife" means “wild animal" as defined in s. 169.01 (37), Stats.
NR 19.71(12) (12)“Wildlife rehabilitation" means “rehabilitate" as defined in s. 169.01 (30m), Stats.
NR 19.71(13) (13)“Wildlife rehabilitation advisory council" means a group of volunteers appointed by the secretary or secretary's designee to advise and provide recommendations about wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife health, and captive wildlife to the department.
NR 19.71(14) (14)“Wildlife rehabilitator" means a person authorized to capture, receive, temporarily possess, transport or transfer orphaned, sick or injured wildlife for the purpose of wildlife rehabilitation under a valid license issued pursuant to this subchapter.
NR 19.71 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; CR 09-024: am. (10) Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10; CR 15-054: cr. (1m), (2m), (3m), am. (4), cr. (6m), (9m), r. and recr. (10), am. (13) Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18; correction in numbering in (9m) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751.
NR 19.72 NR 19.72General wildlife rehabilitation provisions.
NR 19.72(1)(1)The title to all wildlife and their offspring held under a wildlife rehabilitation license remains under the jurisdiction of the department as described in s. 169.02, Stats., and may not be sold, traded or bartered without the consent of the department.
NR 19.72(2) (2)The department may restrict wildlife rehabilitation of specific wildlife species, either statewide or in certain geographic areas to control the spread of disease, to protect public health or to prevent harmful environmental impacts.
NR 19.72 Note Note: Deer rehabilitation information can be found at or will be available upon request at DNR Service Centers, by writing the Bureau of Wildlife Management, PO Box 7921, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, WI 53707-7921. The rehabilitation of skunks is prohibited under s. NR 1.18 (3) (c). The possession and rehabilitation of species which are listed as threatened or endangered as established in s. NR 27.03 requires authorization from the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. Pursuant to ss. 169.085 and 169.11 (1) (b), Stats., the department does not allow rehabilitation of wolves or wolf-dog hybrids.
NR 19.72(3) (3)The department may restrict wildlife species authorized for rehabilitation based on the facilities and qualifications of the applicant or licensee.
NR 19.72(4) (4)A wildlife rehabilitation license does not authorize the capture, receipt, possession, transportation or transfer of wildlife for any purpose other than wildlife rehabilitation.
NR 19.72 Note Note: Birds held under falconry licensing are private property, do not meet the definition of “wild animal” per s. 169.01 (30m), Stats., and thus care and treatment is not authorized per wildlife rehabilitation licensing authority.
NR 19.72(5) (5)This license does not exempt the licensee from local ordinances that apply to activities authorized by this license.
NR 19.72(6) (6)This license does not authorize the practice of veterinary medicine as defined in s. 89.02 (6), Stats.
NR 19.72(7) (7)The licensee shall display his or her license to department agents or other law enforcement agents upon request.
NR 19.72(8) (8)Any costs incurred by the licensee for wildlife rehabilitation activities shall be the responsibility of the licensee.
NR 19.72(9) (9)Unless specifically authorized by the department for educational purposes, no person may place wildlife being rehabilitated on public exhibit, in ways that may lead to inappropriate imprinting, socialization, habituation or stress.
NR 19.72(10) (10)Wildlife being rehabilitated may not be transported outside Wisconsin for release or any other purpose unless the licensee has verbal, or written, permission from the department and possesses a wildlife rehabilitation license pursuant to this subchapter.
NR 19.72(11) (11)No person may import or accept wildlife for rehabilitation from outside Wisconsin unless he or she has verbal, or written, permission from the department and possesses a wildlife rehabilitation license pursuant to this subchapter.
NR 19.72 History History: CR 03-029: cr. Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; correction in (6) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7 Register December 2015 No. 719; correction in (6) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751.
NR 19.73 NR 19.73Licenses.
NR 19.73(1)(1)General restrictions.
NR 19.73(1)(a) (a) Requirements. No person may rehabilitate wildlife unless he or she possesses a valid license pursuant to s. 169.24, Stats.
NR 19.73(1)(b) (b) Transferability. A rehabilitation license is not transferable.
NR 19.73(1)(c) (c) Reporting. The licensee shall notify the department within 7 days of any change of name, address, telephone number, associated federal permit status, substantial changes to facility, a decision to discontinue as a sponsor or wildlife rehabilitation activities before license expiration.
NR 19.73(1)(d) (d) Species. The department shall list on the license the species authorized for rehabilitation by a basic or an advanced licensee.
NR 19.73(1)(e) (e) Species additions. No person may have a species added to their license unless all of the following have occurred:
NR 19.73(1)(e)1. 1. The licensee has submitted to the department a caging report as required under s. NR 19.76 (2m), pictures of pens and enclosures, and documentation indicating the licensee-s rehabilitation experience and knowledge with the new species. For migratory birds, experience and knowledge with the new species shall include at least 100 hours of hands-on experience gained within at least one whole year and 20 of those hours may be fulfilled by participation in seminars or courses relating to the new species. For species which are not migratory birds, the department may establish that less experience and knowledge is needed. The department may require that licensees demonstrate specific experience and knowledge of species that it determines to be sensitive or difficult to rehabilitate.
NR 19.73(1)(e)2. 2. The department has reviewed and approved the addition.
NR 19.73(1)(e)3. 3. An additional facility inspection to determine compliance with standards established under s. NR 19.77 has been conducted if the department has determined such an inspection is necessary.
NR 19.73(1)(e)4. 4. For a basic licensee modification, the licensee possesses a sponsorship agreement with an advanced licensee.
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