Is it legal to use a wild caught bird of prey for falconry in British Columbia? I had found a licence for capturing live wildlife that was specifically made for falconry and zoo but recently I received an email from the city stating "You would be required to obtain a Provincial Possession Permit and the bird will need a seamless band with numbers either from the government or a breeder proving it's not a wild bird." Which do you think is correct? Link to permit. www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/guides/fish-wildlife/general-permit/what-you-need-to-apply/
Steps to Capture Live Wildlife (used for falconry & zoos)
For other usage please refer to 2(b) or 2(c)
(Permit type 2(h) – Applicable pre-capture fee $110/yr.)
Ensure that the following information is on the General Permit Application: •Valid possession permit number (if applicable) •Number, age and gender of wildlife to be captured •Location(s) of the proposed capture •Proposed methods of capture, transportation, containment & feeding •Proposed use of the wildlife Documentation to be attached to application: • BC Animal Care Form [PDF 125KB] (not required for falconry) •Reporting requirements (if applicable) •Map (primary, secondary and alternate capture locations proposed)
These are all answers you should be seeking from the authority in BC, not relying on falconers in another country to answer for you. At the most, we can google your questions for you to provide links. If you can't figure out the simplicity of Google searches, wading the mire of past threads on the internet & the laws of falconry for your area, you are going to have a terrible time training your first bird.
Your first step needs to be contacting your regional Wildlife Department and requesting information on falconry. Second step, READ and memorize All the laws and regs pertinent to your location. Very few if any laws for falconry in the U.S. Are they e same as BC. Your next step would be to find a local falconer to mentor you and show you the ropes. Falcons and Hawks are not pets ; Their care and husbandry isn't exactly complicated but it's not easy. It requires a huge amount of patience and personal perseverance to be done right. Slow down & read the few hundred old threads on this site. With a mere minute of digging, you can find most the answers you seek without asking for someone to do it for you.
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2015 11:47:40 GMT -5 by echotadog
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yes it's legal done it a lot of times. A plus is it's way easier to get falcons and hawks in B.C than most of north america. you simply need a valid possession permit and then you will be allowed to apply for a capture permit. you can contact me for any other questions you have