Proposed Wildlife Regulations

This is a summary of regulation proposals submitted by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. Consult the Maryland Register, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), and the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland for full legal text.

Wildlife and Heritage Service welcomes public comment on proposed regulations. However, only comments provided during the official public comment period specified in the appropriate Maryland Register announcement become part of the official regulatory record. The official public comment period is 30 days after publication of the proposed regulation in the Maryland Register. Receiving comments on the proposal provides the Department with invaluable information and perspectives on the views of the public regarding the proposed regulation that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. The Maryland Register notice will provide contact information where all official public comments may be sent.

Interpreting proposed regulations requires some understanding of the convention for reading proposed regulation changes as developed by the Department of State Documents. The convention is as follows:

  • Roman type indicates existing text of the regulation.
  • Italic type indicates proposed new text.
  • [Single brackets] indicate text proposed for deletion.
  • (text unchanged) indicates none of the text for that section is proposed to be changed.

2020 Regulation Proposals

Landowner Wildlife Damage Control Permit

Published in the Maryland Register: January 31, 2020
Public Comment Period Ends: March 2, 2020
Scheduled Effective Date:  April 6, 2020

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Comments may be submitted be calling, faxing or emailing Glenn Therres at 410-260-8572 (phone), 410-260-8596 (fax) or glenn.therres@maryland.

Purpose of the Changes:

The purpose of this action is to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 08.03.15 Wildlife Damage Control Permits to allow a landowner experiencing problems with migratory birds to address the problem solely under the authority of a federal depredation permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Existing state regulation requires a landowner to obtain a landowner wildlife damage control permit from the department in order to address damage or loss caused by wildlife. In the case of migratory birds, a federal depredation permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required, as well. The Department currently meets its regulatory obligation by cosigning federal depredation permits issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; however, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it is discontinuing the cosigning practice. Rather than requiring a landowner to redundantly obtain both a permit from the Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department is proposing to require only a federal depredation permit.