Peregrine Falcon in Oklahoma

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is allowing falconers to take two passage peregrine falcon in Oklahoma. 

The trapping season for passage peregrine falcons will be September 20 through October 20.  The season will be open until 2 peregrine have been captured or the season ends.  Falconers must contact the falconry coordinator prior to each capture attempt to see if the quota has been reached.  Falconers capturing a peregrine must immediately contact the falconry coordinator.  After the quota has been reached, the season is closed.

There is potential for capturing a peregrine in excess of the quota on the day the quota is met.  Falconers capturing a peregrine after the quota has been met must immediately release the bird upon notification by the falconry coordinator.

 

Falconers must make sure their falconry permit allows the take of passage peregrine falcons.

To check the status of the harvest quota, call Rod Smith at 580/695-5808 (cell) or 580/529-2795 (office) only between the

hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

Fish and Wildlife Service Requirements:

Falconers taking a passage peregrine must report the date, location and sex of the bird to the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Additionally two or three breast feathers must be pulled immediately and sent the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Feather and the take information must be sent to:

George T. Allen
Chief, Branch of Permits and Regulations
Division of Migratory Bird Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 4107
Arlington, Virginia 22203-1610