(a) In addition to the definitions contained in G.S. 113-130, as used in 15A NCAC 10B .0216 and in this Section, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Falconry permit" or "permit" means a falconry permit or license issued by another state, tribe, or territory that has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as meeting the federal falconry standards in 50 CFR 21.29.

(2) "Falconry license" means the annual special purpose falconry license required by G.S. 113-270.3(b)(4) and referenced in the rules of this Section.

(3) "State" means the State of North Carolina, except when the context indicates reference to another state of the United States.

(4) "Commission" means the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

(5) "Executive Director" means the Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

(6) "Bred in captivity" or "captive-bred" means raptors hatched in captivity from parents that mated or otherwise transferred gametes in captivity.

(7) "Raptor" means a live migratory bird of the Order Accipitriformes, Order Falconiformes, or the Order Strigiformes, other than a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus).

(8) "Wild-caught" and "wild" raptors means any free-ranging wild raptor held in captivity regardless of its length of captivity or ownership changes in accordance with 50 CFR 21.29 (f)(1).

(b) For this Section, 50 CFR 21.29 is hereby incorporated by reference, including all subsequent amendments and editions. 50 CFR 21.29 may be found free of charge at: www.ecfr.gov.

(Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-270.3(b)(4); 50 C.F.R. 21.28; 50 C.F.R. 21.29; Eff. September 1, 1979; Amended Eff. January 1, 2012; May 1, 2007; May 1, 1995; August 1, 1988; February 1, 1985. Amended by North Carolina Register Volume 32, Issue 17, March 1, 2018 effective February 1, 2018.)

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