(1) Short-term handling of a raptor by a
person other than the permitted falconer, such as allowing a person to handle
or practice flying a permittee's raptor, is not considered temporary possession
for the purposes of this rule, provided the permittee is present and
supervising the individual that is handling the raptor.
Temporary care of raptors by another
(a) Another falconry
permittee may care for a falconer's raptors for up to 120 consecutive calendar
The temporary care
permittee must have a signed and dated statement from the falconer authorizing
the temporary possession, in addition to a copy of the FWS Form 3-186A for that
(i) The signed and dated statement
must identify the time period for which the temporary permittee will keep the
raptors and what activities are allowed to be carried out with the
(ii) Falconry raptors in
temporary care will remain on the original falconer's COR and will not be
counted against the possession limit of the person providing the temporary care
for the raptors.
(iii) If the
permittee providing temporary care for the raptors holds the appropriate level
falconry permit, then the temporary permittee may fly the raptors in whatever
way authorized by the falconer, including hunting.
(iv) Temporary care of raptors may be
extended by the Division Director or designee in extenuating circumstances such
as, illness, military duty, and family emergency. The Division Director or
designee will consider extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case
Temporary care of raptors by a non-falconer.
(a) A non-falconer may care for a falconer's
raptors for up to 45 consecutive calendar days.
(b) The raptors will remain on the original
(c) The raptors
must remain at the original falconer's facilities.
(d) Temporary care of raptors by
non-falconers may be extended by the Division Director or designee in
extenuating circumstances such as illness, military duty, or family emergency.
The Division Director or designee will consider extenuating circumstances on a
non-falconer caring for a falconer's raptors may not fly them for any
falconry raptors when a permittee dies.
surviving spouse, executor, administrator, or other legal representative of a
deceased falconry permittee may transfer any raptor(s) held by the deceased
permittee to another authorized permittee within 90 calendar days of the death
of the original falconry permittee.
(b) After 90 calendar days from the death of
the falconry permittee, disposition of raptors held under the permit is at the
discretion of the Division.