(DNR # ER-19-10)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT pursuant to ss. 227.16
, Wisconsin Stats, the Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing to discuss revisions to Chapter NR 18
, Wisconsin Administrative code on Wisconsin's falconry rules related to governing the sport of falconry,
on the date and at the time and location listed below.
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg DNR Service Center
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
A public hearing will be held to discuss revisions to Wisconsin's falconry administrative code, ch. NR 18
. The hearing will be held in the Gathering Waters Room of the Fitchburg Service Center, and the presiding hearing officer will be DNR Attorney Michael Kowalkowski. There will be Live Meeting
availability for those who are unable to attend in person.
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. Contact Sumner Matteson in writing at the Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources (ER/6),101 S Webster, Madison, WI 53707; by E-mail to Sumner.firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling (608) 266-1571.
For more information or to request a Live Meeting link, please contact Sumner Matteson at the addresses or numbers above.
Availability of the proposed rules and Submitting Comments
The proposed rule and supporting documents may be reviewed and comments can be electronically submitted at the following internet site: http://adminrules.wisconsin.gov.
A copy of the proposed rule and supporting documents may also be obtained from Sumner Matteson, Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources (ER/6), 101 S. Webster St, Madison, WI, 53703, by calling (608) 266-1571or by contacting Sumner.matteson@wisconsin. gov
and at www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code.htm
(Wisconsin Administrative Register).
Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted via U.S. mail or email to Sumner Matteson at the addresses noted above. Written comments, whether submitted electronically or by U.S. main, will have the same weight and effect as oral statements presented at the public hearings. Comments may be submitted until February 12, 2013.
Analysis Prepared by the Department of Natural Resources
Chapter NR 18
is being revised to comply with federal regulations governing the sport of falconry. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will no longer issue a permit to individuals engaged in falconry; permits will be issued by states with oversight by the Service.
, Wis. Stats., Falconry Regulation.
Explanation of agency authority
The department holds authority under Wis. Stat. s. 29.319
to regulate falconry and the taking of raptors for falconry. The department is also authorized to establish rules for falconry, which is administrative code ch. NR 18
. The department may provide permits to both Wisconsin residents and non-residents. The department is also authorized to charge a fee for these permits and to deposit these fees in the Endangered Resources Fund, s. 20.370 (1) (fs)
Related statute or rule
Chapter NR 18
, governing the sport of falconry.
Statutory section Title [or subject]
Rule making for Ch. 29
29.039 Non game species
169.04 Possession of live wild animals.
169.05 Taking of wild animals.
169.06 Introduction, stocking, and release of wild animals.
169.07 Exhibition of live wild animals.
169.10 Sale and purchase of live wild animals.
227.11 (2) Rule making authority.
Plain language analysis
The proposed rule defines and clarifies different falconry terms and conditions.
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulations
The U.S. fish and wildlife service will no longer issue a permit to individuals engaged in the sport of falconry. Pursuant to 50 CFR 21.29
(b), permits will be issued by states with oversight provided by the Service. The Service has formulated revisions as to how the sport of falconry is to be conducted and supervised by the states. The proposed rule makes the revisions to current code to ensure compliance with federal rules by January 1, 2014.
Comparison with rules in adjacent states
All states must comply with federal rules pertaining to the sport of falconry by January 1, 2014.
Summary of factual data and analytical methodologies
A total of 98 resident falconers and approximately 10 or fewer non-resident falconers will be affected by the proposed rule.
Analysis and supporting documents used to determine effect on small business or in preparation of economic impact report
This rule update applies only to falconers. The proposal does not impose any additional compliance or reporting requirements on small businesses nor are any design or operational standards contained in the rule. The department has determined that this rule will not adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, jobs, or overall economic competitiveness of the state. No fiscal impacts are expected for the public utility rate payers or local government units. This determination was made after conducting an economic impact analysis and soliciting comments beginning on March 6, 2012 for 14 days. The department requested comments from the Wisconsin Falconry Association (WFA). Comments from WFA, approving the economic impact analysis were received in a letter from WFA dated May 11, 2012.
Effect on Small Business, Including How the Rule Will Be Enforced
Pursuant to ss. 227.114
, Wis. Stats., it is not anticipated that the proposed rules will have an economic impact on small businesses. The department has determined that this rule would not adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, jobs, or the overall economic competitiveness of this state.
The department has made a preliminary determination that this action does not involve a significant adverse environmental effect and does not need an environmental analysis under ch. NR 150
, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Agency Contact Person
Sumner Matteson, 101 S. Webster St., P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. (608) 266-1571, email: email@example.com
STATE OF WISCONSIN
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
DOA 2049 (R 07/2011)
FISCAL ESTIMATE AND
ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS
Type of Estimate and Analysis
X Original ⍽ Updated
Administrative Rule Chapter, Title and Number
Admin Code Chapter NR 18, Falconry
Revisions to the Falconry Permitting Rules
Fund Sources Affected
Chapter 20 , Stats. Appropriations Affected
⍽ GPR ⍽ FED ⍽ PRO ⍽ PRS X SEG ⍽ SEG-S
20.370 1 (fs)
Fiscal Effect of Implementing the Rule
⍽ No Fiscal Effect
⍽ Increase Existing Revenues
⍽ Decrease Existing Revenues
⍽ Increase Costs
X Could Absorb Within Agency's Budget
⍽ Decrease Costs
The Rule Will Impact the Following (Check All That Apply)
⍽ State's Economy
⍽ Local Government Units
X Specific Businesses/Sectors
⍽ Public Utility Rate Payers
Would Implementation and Compliance Costs Be Greater Than $20 million?
⍽ Yes X No
Policy Problem Addressed by the Rule
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will no longer issue a permit to individuals engaged in the sport of falconry. Permits will be issued by states with oversight provided by the Service. The Service has formulated revisions as to how the sport of falconry is to be conducted and supervised by the states. The proposed rule makes the revisions to current code to ensure compliance with federal rules by January 14, 2014.
Summary of Rule's Economic and Fiscal Impact on Specific Businesses, Business Sectors, Public Utility Rate Payers, Local Governmental Units and the State's Economy as a Whole (Include Implementation and Compliance Costs Expected to be Incurred)
The total impact of this rule is indeterminate. The proposed rule does not change existing code regarding permit fees for approximately 100 resident falconers and fewer than 10 nonresident falconers. The resident falconer pays $75 for a 3-year falconry permit, and a nonresident falconer pays $100 annually for a nonresident raptor trapping permit. The updated rule does specify that permit holders with hybrid raptors must have two telemetry radio transmitters attached to the hybrid raptors. Currently, there are seven hybrid permit holders in the state. The radio telemetry transmitter costs $185.00/unit (two needed per rule) and a radio telemetry receiver costs $670.00. It is estimated this provision could cost each of the seven permit holders $1,040 for the telemetry radio purchases. The updated rule also mentions an ISO-compliant microchip; this is mentioned as optional in the rule. It is estimated that a microchip and the related scanner could cost approximately $220.00. The number of falconers who may use this option is not known, but it is estimated to be no more than a dozen. It is estimated that there will be a slight increase in time spent by permit holders to meet reporting requirements, but it is not possible to estimate an exact cost related to the potential workload increase.
This rule update applies only to falconers. The proposal does not impose any additional compliance or reporting requirements on small businesses nor are any design or operational standards contained in the rule. The department has determined that this rule will not adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, jobs, or overall economic competitiveness of the state. No fiscal impacts are expected for the public utility rate payers or local government units.
Benefits of Implementing the Rule and Alternative(s) to Implementing the Rule
Allows the State of Wisconsin to take over control of regulating the sport of falconry.
Long Range Implications of Implementing the Rule
Will provide a consistent framework for regulating the sport of falconry.
Compare With Approaches Being Used by Federal Government
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formerly provided permits to individuals engaged in the sport of falconry. Permits now will be issued by states with oversight provided by USFWS.
Compare With Approaches Being Used by Neighboring States (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota)
All states need to comply with USFWS revisions to the sport of falconry.
Name and Phone Number of Contact Person
Sumner Matteson (608) 266-1571