DAR File No. 39215
This rule was published in the April 1, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 7) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources
Taking Nongame Mammals
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 39215
Filed: 03/16/2015 08:08:04 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is being amended pursuant to Regional Advisory Council and Wildlife Board meetings conducted for taking public input and reviewing the Division of Wildlife Resources� (DWR) animal program.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendment to this rule removes the Utah prairie dog and all sections relevant to them from the rule. The Utah prairie dog regulations can be found in Rule R657-70, Taking Utah Prairie Dog. (DAR NOTE: The proposed new Rule R657-70 is under DAR No. 39216 in this issue, April 1, 2015, of the Bulletin.)
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 23-14-18
- Section 23-13-3
- Section 23-14-19
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The amendment makes necessary classification changes to allow for the controlled take of prairie dogs under a new rule. DWR determines that these amendments will not create any cost or savings impact to the state budget or DWR's budget, since the changes will not increase workload and can be carried out with existing budget.
None--This filing does not create any direct cost or savings impact to local governments because they are not directly affected by the rule. Nor are local governments indirectly impacted because the rule does not create a situation requiring services from local governments.
These amendments make the necessary classification changes to allow for the controlled take of prairie dogs under a separate rule. Therefore, this rule does not impose any additional financial requirements on small businesses, nor generate a cost or saving impact to small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
These amendments make the necessary classification changes to allow for the controlled take of prairie dogs under a separate rule. Therefore, this rule does not impose any additional financial requirements on persons, nor generate a cost or saving impact to other persons.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
The amendments are for clarification and to establish a separate rule for the criteria for the controlled take of prairie dogs. DWR determines that there are no additional compliance costs associated with this amendment.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The amendments to this rule do not create an impact on businesses.
Michael R. Styler, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Natural Resources
1594 W NORTH TEMPLE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Staci Coons at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4718, by FAX at 801-538-4709, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Gregory Sheehan, Director
R657. Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources.
R657-19. Taking Nongame Mammals.
R657-19-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) Under authority of Sections 23-13-3, 23-14-18 and 23-14-19, this rule provides the standards and requirements for taking and possessing nongame mammals.
(2) A person capturing any live nongame mammal for a personal, scientific, educational, or commercial use must comply with R657-3 Collection, Importation, Transportation and Subsequent Possession of Zoological Animals.
(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 23-13-2.
(2) In addition:
(a) "Immediate family" means the landowner's or lessee's spouse, children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepchildren, and grandchildren.
(b) "Nongame mammal" means:
(i) any species of bats;
(ii) any species of mice, rats, or voles of the families Heteromyidae, Cricetidae, or Zapodidae;
(iii) opossum of the family Didelphidae;
(iv) pikas of the family Ochotonidae;
(v) porcupine of the family Erethizontidae;
(vi) shrews of the family Soricidae; and
(vii) squirrels, prairie dogs, and marmots of the family Sciuridae .
R657-19-4. Nongame Mammal Species - Certificate of Registration Required.
(1) A certificate of registration is required to take any of the following species of nongame mammals:
(a) bats of any species; and
(b) pika - Ochotona princeps.
(2) A certificate of registration is required to take any shrew - Soricidae, all species.
(3) A certificate of registration is
required to take a Utah prairie dog, Cynomys parvidens, as provided
in Sections R657-[
19-6, R657-19-7, R657-19-8 and R657-19-9.]
(4) A certificate of registration is required to take any of the following species of nongame mammals in Washington County:
(a) cactus mouse - Peromyscus eremicus;
(b) kangaroo rats - Dipodomys, all species;
(c) Southern grasshopper mouse - Onychomys torridus; and
(d) Virgin River montane vole - Microtus montanus rivularis, which occurs along stream-side riparian corridors of the Virgin River.
(5) A certificate of registration is required to take any of the following species of nongame mammals in San Juan and Grand counties:
(a) Abert squirrel - Sciurus aberti;
(b) Northern rock mouse - Peromyscus nasutus; and
(c) spotted ground squirrel - Spermophilus spilosoma.
(6) The division may deny a certificate of registration to any applicant, if:
(a) the applicant has violated any provision of:
(i) Title 23 of the Utah Code;
(ii) Title R657 of the Utah Administrative Code;
(iii) a certificate of registration;
(iv) an order of the Wildlife Board; or
(v) any other law that bears a reasonable relationship to the applicant's ability to safely and responsibly perform the activities that would be authorized by the certificate of registration;
(b) the applicant misrepresents or fails to disclose material information required in connection with the application;
(c) taking the nongame mammal as proposed in the application violates any federal, state or local law;
(d) the application is incomplete or fails to meet the issuance criteria set forth in this rule; or
(e) the division determines the activities sought in the application may significantly damage or are not in the interest of wildlife, wildlife habitat, serving the public, or public safety.
Utah Prairie Dog Provisions.
(1)(a) A person may not take a Utah Prairie dog, Cynomys
parvidens, without first obtaining a certificate of registration
from the division. (b) A certificate of registration for taking Utah prairie
dogs may be issued as provided in Subsection (i) or Subsection
(ii), or Subsection (iii), if the taking will not further
endanger the existence of the species: (i) in cases where Utah Prairie dogs are causing damage
to agricultural lands as provided in the rules of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service; or (ii) as provided in a valid Incidental Take permit issued
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under an approved Habitat
Conservation Plan; or (iii) as provided under a valid Incidental Take permit
issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowing take of
Utah prairie dogs on specified private lands as part of an
approved conservation agreement enacted between the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and the owner of those private lands. (c) A person may apply for a certificate of registration
at the division's southern regional office, 1470 North
Airport Road, Suite 1, Cedar City, Utah 84720. (d) A landowner, lessee, or their immediate family
member, or an employee on a regular payroll and not hired
specifically to take Utah prairie dogs, may apply for a
certificate of registration. (e)(i) A person, other than those listed in Subsection
(d), may apply for a certificate of registration to take Utah
prairie dogs as a designee of the landowner or lessee provided
the application includes: (A) an explanation of the need for the certificate of
registration to be issued; (B) justification for utilization of the designee;
and (C) the landowner or lessee's signature. (ii) A maximum of two designee certificates of
registration may be issued per landowner or lessee. (iii) Each designee application shall be considered
individually based upon the explanation and justification
provided. (f) An application for a certificate of registration must
include: (i) full name; (ii) complete mailing address; (iii) phone number; (iv) date of birth; (v) weight and height; (vi) gender; (vii) color of hair and eyes; (viii) social security number; (ix) driver's license number, if issued; (x) proof of hunter education certification if the
applicant was born after December 31, 1965; and (xi) the township, range, section and 1/4 section of the
agricultural lands where the prairie dogs will be taken. (g) An applicant must be at least 14 years of age at the
time of application and must abide by the provisions for children
being accompanied by adults while hunting with a weapon pursuant
to Section 23-20-20. (h) After review of the application, a certificate of
registration may be issued. (i) A maximum of four certificates of registration may be
issued to any landowner or lessee, including those issued to the
landowner or lessee's designees. (j) A certificate of registration shall be issued on an
individual basis and shall be valid only for the person to whom
the certificate of registration is issued. (k) A certificate of registration is not transferrable
and must be signed by the holder prior to use. (l) If the application and permitting process is
accomplished by U.S. Mail, the certificate of registration shall
only become valid after a copy of the signed certificate of
registration is received by the division's southern regional
office. (2)(a) A person may take Utah prairie dogs with a firearm
during daylight hours or by trapping as specified on the
certificate of registration. (b) A person may not use any chemical toxicant to take
Utah prairie dogs. (c) In addition to the requirements of this rule, any
person taking Utah prairie dogs must comply with state laws, and
local ordinances and laws. (d) A person at least 14 years of age and under 16 years
of age who takes Utah Prairie dogs must be accompanied by an
adult with a valid certificate of registration to take Utah
Prairie dogs on the same property.
R657-19-7. Areas Open to Taking Utah Prairie Dogs -- Dates
Open --Limits on Number of Utah Prairie Dogs Taken.
(1) A person who obtains a valid certificate of
registration may take Utah prairie dogs only on private lands
within the following counties: (a) Beaver; (b) Garfield; (c) Iron; (d) Kane; (e) Millard; (f) Piute; (g) Sanpete; (h) Sevier; (i) Washington; and (j) Wayne. (2) Taking of a Utah prairie dog on any land or by any
method, other than as provided in the valid certificate of
registration, including any public land, is a violation of state
and federal law. (3) Any person, who is specifically named on a valid
certificate of registration, may remove Utah prairie dogs, as
provided in the certificate of registration. (4) The taking of any Utah prairie dog outside the areas
provided in this section is prohibited, except by division
employees while acting in the performance of their assigned
duties. (5) The taking of Utah prairie dogs is limited to the
dates designated on the certificate of registration. All dates
are confined to June 1 through December 31, except as provided in
Subsection R657-19-6(1)(b)(iii). (6)(a) A person may take only the total number of Utah
prairie dogs designated in the certificate of registration,
except as provided in Subsection R657-19-6(1)(b)(iii). (b) The total range-wide take of Utah prairie dogs
causing agricultural damage is limited to no more than 6,000 Utah
prairie dogs annually. (c) If the division determines that taking Utah prairie
dogs has an adverse effect on conservation of the species, taking
shall be further restricted or prohibited.
R657-19-8. Monthly Reports of Take of Utah Prairie Dogs.
(1) The following information must be reported to the
division's southern regional office, 1470 North Airport Road,
Suite 1, Cedar City, Utah 84720, every 30 days: (a) the name and signature of the certificate of
registration holder; (b) the person's certificate of registration
number; (c) the number of Utah prairie dogs taken; and (d) the location, method of take, and method of disposal
of each Utah prairie dog taken during the 30-day period. (2) Failure to report the information required in
Subsection (1), within 30 days, may result in the denial of
future applications for a certificate of registration to take
Utah prairie dogs.
R657-19-9. Unlawful Possession of Utah Prairie Dogs.
A person may not possess a Utah prairie dog or its parts,
without first obtaining a valid certificate of registration and a
R657-19-10. ]White-tailed and Gunnison Prairie Dogs.
(1)(a) A license or certificate of registration is not required to take either white-tailed or Gunnison prairie dogs.
(b) There are no bag limits for white-tailed or Gunnison prairie dogs for which there is an open season.
(2)(a) White-tailed prairie dogs, Cynomys leucurus, may be taken in the following counties from January 1 through March 31, and June 16 through December 31:
(i) Carbon County;
(ii) Daggett County;
(iii) Duchesne County;
(iv) Emery County;
(vii) Summit County;
(viii) Uintah County, except in the closed area as provided in Subsection (2)(b)(i);
(ix) Weber; and
(x) all areas west and north of the Colorado River in Grand and San Juan counties.
(b) White-tailed prairie dogs, Cynomys leucurus, may not be taken in the following closed area in order to protect the reintroduced population of black-footed ferrets, Mustela nigripes:
(i) Boundary begins at the Utah/Colorado state line and Uintah County Road 403, also known as Stanton Road, northeast of Bonanza; southwest along this road to SR 45 at Bonanza; north along this highway to Uintah County Road 328, also known as Old Bonanza Highway; north along this road to Raven Ridge, just south of US 40; southeast along Raven Ridge to the Utah/Colorado state line; south along this state line to point of beginning.
(3) The taking of White-tailed prairie dogs, Cynomys leucurus, is prohibited from April 1 through June 15, except as provided in Subsection (5).
(4)(a) The taking of Gunnison prairie dogs, Cynomys gunnisoni, is prohibited in all areas south and east of the Colorado River, and north of the Navajo Nation in Grand and San Juan counties from April 1 through June 15.
(b) Gunnison prairie dogs may be taken in the area provided in Subsection (4)(a) from June 16 through March 31.
(5) Gunnison prairie dogs and White-tailed prairie dogs causing agricultural damage or creating a nuisance on private land may be taken at any time, including during the closed season from April 1 through June 15.
(1) Any violation of this rule is a Class C misdemeanor as provided in Section 23-13-11(2).
(2) In addition to this rule any animal designated as a threatened or endangered species is governed by the Endangered Species Act and the unlawful taking of these species may also be a violation of federal law and rules promulgated thereunder.
(3) Pursuant to Section 23-19-9, the division may suspend a certificate of registration issued under this rule.
KEY: wildlife, game laws
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
March 6, 2006]
Notice of Continuation: August 5, 2013
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 23-13-3; 23-14-18; 23-14-19
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