[Tweeters] Snowy owl pellets?

Mike Wagenbach wagen at uw.edu
Tue Dec 1 13:47:18 PST 2020

Of course, you can possess waterfowl feathers, subject to season, bag
limits, state license and a federal duck stamp when you collect them.

On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 1:06 PM <mcallisters4 at comcast.net> wrote:

> There's state law which has a prohibition against possessing wildlife

> found dead (below). Wildlife, though, has an exclusion for the family

> Muridae, Old World rats and mice, which might apply to the parts likely to

> be found in an urban owl pellet. Last I knew, the family Muridae included

> much more than the old world rodents that have been naturalized here. I

> included many of ournative rodents. If that's still the case, I'm not sure

> if the modifier, "Old World rats and mice," provides an adequate

> distinction between the introduced species that are exempted here and the

> native species.


> Kelly McAllister


> 72) "Wildlife" means all species of the animal kingdom whose members exist

> in Washington in a wild state. This includes but is not limited to mammals,

> birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. The term "wildlife"

> does not include feral domestic mammals, old world rats and mice of the

> family Muridae of the order Rodentia, or those fish, shellfish, and marine

> invertebrates classified as food fish or shellfish by the director. The

> term "wildlife" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of

> wildlife members.


> WAC 220-400-040 Possession of dead wildlife. (1) Except as authorized by

> permit of the director or as otherwise provided by this

> section, it is unlawful to possess wildlife found dead. This rule does

> not prohibit the possession of naturally shed antlers of deer, elk, or

> moose.

> (2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, an individual

> may remove and dispose of wildlife found dead on his or her

> property or an adjoining public roadway. Before removing the wildlife,

> the individual shall, by telephone, notify the department or the

> Washington state patrol communications office, and shall provide his or

> her name, address, telephone number, and the description and location

> of the wildlife. The individual may remove the wildlife for disposal

> only, and may not retain the wildlife for personal use or consumption.

> Other laws and rules may apply to the disposal, including rules of the

> department of health (WAC 246-203-121). Wildlife removed under this

> subsection remain the property of the state.

> (3) Possession of wildlife in violation of subsections (1) and

> (2) is punishable under RCW 77.15.130, 77.15.400, 77.15.410, and

> 77.15.430 depending on the species involved in the violation.

> (4) It is permissible to salvage and transport a deer or elk that

> is accidentally killed by a motor vehicle collision except for any

> deer killed by a motor vehicle collision in Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum

> counties.

> (a) Big game licenses and tags cannot be used for the purpose of

> salvaging motor vehicle-killed deer or elk.

> (b) A salvage permit must be obtained from the department within

> 24 hours of taking possession of the animal. Permits may be obtained

> on the department's web site or at department regional offices.

> (c) The entire carcass, including entrails, of the animal must be

> removed from the road right of way.

> (d) Any meat an individual deems unfit for human consumption or

> unusable animal parts must be disposed of pursuant to WAC 246-203-121.

> Individuals salvaging and consuming this meat do so at their own risk.

> The department makes no guarantee as to the fitness for consumption of

> deer or elk collected under a salvage permit.

> (e) An individual may not kill an injured or wounded animal that

> they encounter for the purpose of salvage. Only a law enforcement officer

> or individuals or entities authorized by the department may euthanize an

> animal injured in a motor vehicle collision and that deer

> or elk may be taken for salvage.

> (5) Possession of wildlife in violation of subsection (4) of this

> section is punishable under RCW 77.15.750.




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