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Evaluation Process of California Falconry Regulations
According to the Federal Regulations (Title 50, Part 21, Subpart C, § 21.29), all states are mandated to submit falconry regulations that meet federal regulation standards on or before January 1, 2014. Once the state's regulations are approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Director and by the state's regulatory process, falconry permits will be issued solely by the state rather then the Service.
The Federal Regulations state:
"A State (including the District of Columbia), tribe, or territory under the jurisdiction of the United States that wishes to allow falconry must establish laws and regulations (hereafter referred to as laws) that meet the standards established in this section." "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Director must determine that a State, tribal, or territorial falconry permitting program meets the requirements and standards of this section. The Director must certify no later than January 1, 2014, that a State, tribe, and territory willing to allow falconry meets the federal standards. At that time, all Federal falconry permits and the Federal permitting program will end. Falconry will not be permitted in a State or territory or by a tribe after this date until that State, tribe, or territory develops a permitting program the Director certifies to be in compliance with these regulations." "State, tribal, or territorial laws may be more restrictive than these Federal standards but may not be less restrictive."
(See Title 50, Part 21, Subpart C, § 21.29)
To meet this mandate, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be developing an Environmental Document (ED) to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process.
CDFW is committed to meeting the January 1, 2014 deadline and has outlined a proposed schedule to do so prior to this deadline (see table below). The new falconry regulations for the State of California ultimately change Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. The FOSR for Section 670 is posted below.
Comments and Information Sharing
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife prepared a draft environmental document pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act; (CEQA). You may access the document and associated appendices by clicking on the links below. The public comment period concluded on February 1, 2013. The final environmental document is posted below.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the midst of updating CCR, Title 14, Section 703, related to falconry fees. View notice. The comment period concluded on July 30, 2013. The FOSR for Section 703 is posted below.
All files are offered in PDF format.
- Final Environmental Document Regarding Falconry
- Appendix A - Summary of Public Comments Regarding the Environmental Document
- Appendix B - Proposed Regulations
- Appendix C - An Historical Background of Falconry
- Appendix D - Current Federal Regulations, 50 CFR § 21.29
- Appendix E - Current California State Regulations, Title 14 § 670
- Appendix F - Species Accounts
- Appendix G - Wildlife Habitat Relationship (WHR) Species Maps
- Appendix H - List of Individuals and Organizations Receiving Notice of the Draft Environmental Document
- FSOR for CCR Title 14, Section 670
- FSOR for CCR Title 14, Section 703 and Section 703 verbatim
Meetings and Calls
- A brief update was given at the November 2011 Fish and Game Commission Meeting, agenda item 6. Another update was given in August 2012, agenda item 22E. The regulatory package was seen at the Commission in November 2012, agenda item 13. In February 2013 a discussion was held at the Commission meeting, agenda item 4. In March 2013, the regulations were adopted by the Commission, agenda item 7.
- A conference call was held on April 27, 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to give a brief status update of the regulation process and answer any questions related to the environmental process. The meeting notes are now available.
- A conference call was held on August 10, 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to go over revised schedule and discuss proposed regulatory changes. The meeting notes are now available.
Updated August 30, 2013
|Falconry Regulation Process||Time Period|
|Public Scoping Meeting||Nov 18, 2010|
|Notice of Preparation||Dec 2010|
|Public Online Falconry Survey||Sept 2010 – Feb 2011|
|Compile Falconry Data||Summer 2011 – Fall 2011|
|Preparation of DED and Draft Regulations||Fall 2011 – Summer 2012|
|Update to Commission||Nov 16, 2011|
|Public Informational Call||Apr 27, 2012|
|Finalize process for electronic reporting requirement to USFWS||Summer 2012|
|Update to Commission||Aug 8, 2012|
|Focused Public Information Call||Aug 10, 2012|
|Fish and Game Commission – Scoping||Oct 3, 2012|
|Fish and Game Commission – Notice||Nov 7, 2012|
|Commission Submits Notice to OAL||Nov 13, 2012|
|OAL Publishes Notice for CCR, Title 14, Section 670 (regulation)
Public comment period initiates for Section 670
|Nov 23, 2012|
|Fish and Game Commission - Discussion||Feb 6, 2013|
|Fish and Game Commission – Adoption
Public comment period concludes for Section 670
|Mar 6, 2013|
|Department Publishes Notice for CCR, Title 14, Section 703 (fees)
Public comment period initiates for Section 703
|Jun 14, 2013|
|Public comment period concludes for Section 703||July 30, 2013|
|OAL approves Rulemaking for sections 670 and 703||August 27, 2013|
|Submit Final Regulation to USFWS||August 30, 2013|
|USFWS Publish in Federal Register||Jan 1, 2014|
|CA Regulation Effective Date||Jan 1, 2014|
Additional Information and Resources
- 2013 Falconry Regulation Change Q&A (PDF)
- Notice of Changes and New Regulations to Section 670, Title 14, of the California Code of Regulations
- US Fish and Wildlife Service 3-186A electronic reporting
- 2011-12 Resident and Migratory Upland Game Bird Hunting Regulations
- Federal Falconry Regulations (Title 50, Part 21, Subpart C, § 21.29)
- California State Falconry Laws and Regulations (PDF)
- Fully Protected Animals in California