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FWC RAISES CAPTIVE WILDLIFE FEES

September 23, 2003
CONTACT: Capt. Linda Harrison (850) 488-6253

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has increased fees for certain licenses authorizing the possession of captive wildlife.  The license fees increases went into effect July 1, 2003.

The fee increases are for the following licenses: License to Possess Wildlife for Exhibition or Sale, Game Farm License, Hunt Preserve License, License to Possess Class II Wildlife for Personal Use, and License to Possess Venomous Reptiles.

The fees for licenses to exhibit or sell wildlife increased depending upon the number of Class I and/or Class II specimens possessed. The license fee for the possession of not more than 25 Class I and/or Class II specimens is $150. The license fee for the possession of 26 or more Class I and/or Class II specimens is $250.  Additionally, a new fee of $50 was created for any number of Class III wildlife specimens.  This was the first fee increase for this license since it was created in 1969.

The fee for a license to possess Class II wildlife for personal use increased to $140. Class II wildlife is defined as wildlife considered a real or potential threat to human safety. This was the first fee increase since this license was created in 1974.

The license fees for a license to keep, possess or exhibit venomous or poisonous reptiles increased to $100. This was the first fee increase since 1953.

The license fee for a private hunting preserve increased to $70. This was the first fee increase since the license was created in 1959.

The license fee for a game farm and preserve increased to $50. This was the first fee increase since the license was created in 1929.

The license fee increases enable the agency to recover the costs of inspection and issuance of licenses.

For more information regarding captive wildlife requirements, contact FWCs Investigations Unit at (850) 488-6253.

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