MADISON (WKOW) – The state Natural Resources Board is set to adopt new falconry rules.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the states issue falconry permits jointly, but the federal agency plans to shift the responsibility to the states.
The transition means that states must revise their falconry rules to comply with federal standards by 2014. The board is poised to vote on the changes at a meeting in Madison on March 27.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been working with state falconers to revise Wisconsin's regulations. Some of the changes include increasing the number of raptors falconers can possess, giving falconers more time to report capturing a raptor in the wild for training and eliminating the need for a permit to use raptors for educational purposes.
Around 100 falconers operate in Wisconsin.